'Aussie batting embarrassing'

 Allan Border, the tough Australian who helped transform the fortunes of the national side in the 1980s, said he would have been embarrassed to be one of the top three batsmen of the current team after their humiliation at Lord's on Sunday.

“Watching today I could honestly say the nine, 10 and jack (number 11) looked more competent than our one, two and three. If that was me in the top three I'd be embarrassed,” Border wrote to Cricket Australia's subscribers as he delivered a brutally honest assessment.

England won the second Ashes Test within four days to hand Australia their sixth test defeat in a row. It was the first time England have won the first two Tests in a home Ashes series since W.G. Grace's side in 1890.

Border, who took over from a tearful Kim Hughes while Australia were being repeatedly beaten by a fearsome West Indies' side, added that Australia needed to give players a chance to prove themselves rather than experimenting with a new line-up at every Test.
“We need to settle on our best 11 and stay with it. I'm a believer in the pick-and-stick method, so we need to find our best 11 that's suited to the conditions,” he said.
Border also joined the growing band of critics who are questioning Shane Watson, the all-rounder who consistently fails to deliver in Test cricket.

Watson made his usual good start opening the batting at Lord's but fell lbw for 30 and 20.

“We all know what a wonderful player Shane Watson is," Border said. "He looks like a million bucks when he's firing. What is worrying though is that he keeps getting out in the same fashion. Now who is to blame here? Is it Watson for not adapting? What about the coaches?

“In an era where we've got a 1,000 coaches and psychoanalysts and dietitians and sport scientists it defies belief that a player can be making the same mistakes. Whether it is a technical thing or a mental thing, I don't know.

“Is Shane not listening, or are people saying, ‘Bad luck, you got a good one’? We need to find out what the best is for Shane. Is it opening the batting? Or maybe batting at six and making him a genuine all-rounder?,” Border added.

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