New Delhi: Though, Australia are looking up beat to clinch the Test series against India when both the teams meet for the third time during the Boxing Day Test at MCG, poor form of all-rounder Shane Watson and wicketkeeper Brad Haddin is still an area of concern for the hosts.
In the first two Tests, that took place in Adelaide and Brisbane, both veteran players failed to impress with the willow.
Watson, who is one of the most experienced players in the team, has so far scored 14, 33, 25, 0, in the on-going series. Though, he bowled well at the Gabba by putting Indian batsmen under constant pressure, the top order batsman needs to score runs as well to justify his all-rounder tag.
Ageing Haddin too has been outstanding behind the stumps, but like Watson, he too is looking off-colour with the bat. The 37-year-old only managed to compile 21 runs in his last four innings.
With two more Tests left in the series, Australian coach Darren Lehmann showed concern over their batting form. “We need Brad to make runs, he knows that he's got to make some runs. We can't have our No.7 not making any runs, he knows that. He's working really hard on it, so hopefully he'll get some runs in Melbourne,” said Lehmann.
“We'd like him (Watson) to make more runs but he did a good job with the ball and he can do that all-rounder role for us. That's why we went with a batter.” Coach added later.
As the home side is getting ready for the Boxing Day Test, starting December 26, eyes would be on Haddin and Watson, who have failed, so far, to justify their place in the side.