Watson's resignation start of 'journey to redemption', says columnist

Sydney, Apr. 22 (ANI): Shane Watson's decision to resign before he was pushed as Australian vice-captain is the start of his journey to redemption not the end of it, according to a well-known Australian cricket writer.

Writer Robert Craddock, in a report in News.com.au, said it ends the fanciful notion that Watson and Michael Clarke, Australia's least compatible leadership combination in 30 years, could have successfully worked together at the head of a team desperately craving stability.

Most teams can afford to carry a teammate or two who are not on the same page but if a captain and a vice-captain strike out the whole system becomes fractured, he said.

Watson's resignation, Craddock said, spares Australia the embarrassment of having to take the job off him before the Ashes.

Australia has a mini-leadership crisis because, as Australian Cricketers Association chief executive Paul Marsh points out, the modern self-centred generation is so concerned about their own game they are not keen on the potential distractions of leadership, he said.

High-quality vice-captains are rare and special because they get no credit for their good deeds when the plaudits go to the skipper, he added.

Watson, pressured by the demands of being an all-rounder in a fragile body, was always too self-absorbed for the role, Craddock said.

Watson's claim that part of the reason he resigned was to allow Australia to groom a new leader for life after Clarke is difficult to fathom.

As a consequence of Watson's resignation, Australia can now breath easy about the Ashes team announcement, he said.

Australia's dream scenario for Watson will be for him to open the batting in the Champions Trophy in England and gain momentum which flows through the Ashes.

Despite two years of modest Test form, he is likely to start in the Ashes but if he fails he may not last the series and his Test career could be over, Craddock concluded. (ANI)

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