Sydney, Nov 19: Former Australian cricketers have urged all-rounder Shane Watson to quit one-day cricket in order to keep him fit for the longer versions of the game especially after the latest injury that forced him to miss the first Test against South Africa.
According to a report, pacer Len Pascoe feels it is time for Watson to bid adieu to the 50-over format while fast bowler Jeff Thomson also echoed the former's opinion, as he said that injury woes have put Watson on the offside as he is unable to be play consistently for the country and is forced to take a couple of breaks due to the injuries.
Talking about the selectors and Watson, Thomson said, "Maybe they are sick of his injuries, I don't know. He seems to get a lot of injuries and you can understand if the hierarchy are getting annoyed by it."
Moreover, he also urged the selectors to keep faith in Watson, as he has been one of the best cricketers in the current squad and can definitely win matches for Australia.
"Whether it is a major problem internally I don't know, but I really hope they keep faith in Watson because he is a better cricketer than most of the blokes we have running around. There's no question for me he is in our top six batsmen," he added.
While Pascoe also insisted that Cricket Australia should instruct Watson to concentrate on the longer version of the game and announce his retirement from limited-overs cricket.
"We have to take care of Shane. I would think he has a career as long as he wants it, but we have a duty of care to use Shane in the best way possible in the modern game," he said.
"To me he is one of the top three batsmen in the world. On the bowling side of things, he should be used less and no longer be regarded as an all-rounder. I don't think the 50-over game is beneficial for Shane now," he added.
The cricketer who missed the first Test due to a strained calf, has been named in the 13-member squad for the second Test against South Africa at Adelaide starting from Nov 22.
During his first training session at Adelaide, Shane Watson having batted well, did not try to prove his fitness as a bowler as he decided not to bowlin the second Test.
Injury-prone all-rounder's decision, not to bowl might affect the Australian team as well as the cricketer as the skipper might have to select either Rob Quiney or David Warner instead of Watson.
But Watson, being one of the best in the current squad, might retain his place in the squad.