Originally Posted by tooextracool
DWTA. Its fine if he was doing this when the ball is seaming around as it generally is in England. Bit of a different story when the opposition is scoring 517/1 and 650 odd for 5 in Australia. If batsmen in form arent going to cash in then it is always going to be a problem.
Watson's pattern of scoring at the moment is more like 50 (1st innings), 50 (2nd innings) than 100 (1st innings), 0 (2nd innings). It makes no difference to the game which of these scoring patterns a player has - it only matters what they are averaging. You could argue that Watson should be converting more of his 50's, but that would mean he would be averaging far more than 50 as an opener which is asking too much.
As long as Watson continues to average 50+ as an opener, there is absolutely no problem - in fact it would put him alongside the great openers of the past. His failure to convert half centuries probably only seems inadequate because Ponting in recent times consistently fails to capitalise on the starts he provides.