Defeat in Cardiff has put big question marks over some of the underperforming players of the Australian Cricket team

The defeat in Cardiff has put big question marks over some of the underperforming players of the Australian Cricket team.

The likes of Shane Watson who have been in there merely on reputation for the recent few months are in the firing line now.

It’s not that Watson’s performance was the sole reason why Australia went down.

The two big guys at the top of the order i.e. Warner and Smith and the captain Michael Clarke himself did not contribute either.

But, the knives are out for Watson because he has been letting the team down for quite some time.

He has lost his effectiveness as a bowler and as a batsman too, he is not someone whom you can trust to do the job for you.

The New South Welshman has developed so many weaknesses in his game that he is almost not good enough to bat at 6 in high intensity games like the Ashes ones.

There is an able replacement for Watson in the form of Mitchell Marsh as far as Australia is concerned.

Marsh got a couple of hundreds in the practice games and was actually on the verge of leapfrogging Watson for the selection in the Cardiff test match.

But, because it was the start of the series, the selectors probably decided to put their faith in the experience of Watson.

However, it’s hard to see them persisting with that decision at Lord’s.

Marsh might not add a great value to Australia as a bowler in these slow English conditions, but, on current form, his batting is a bit of an asset.

The Kangaroos would not need him to bowl that much either. He will just have to be tight in short spells when the captain decides to rest the main quickies.