Johnson or Cutting in at number 4 and be done with it.
Alternatively - move Wade up to 4 and Johnson or Cutting in at 7.
With Ruckus here, really enjoy watching his batting when he's on song.
His batting is more entertaining in a sheer lolz sort of way when on song (ie. this) than any aesthetic value of itself.
E: Just watched this again. **** it was funny.
If you really want him to play as an all rounder. You have got to accept he will be injured at least 1 out 3 tests.
So you need a plan B, when he gets injured. If you want to play him as top order batsmen, then you need to have shadow top order batsmen i.e. Khawaja. If you want a him a 5th bowler that bats in the top 6, then you need to shadow him with a bowling all rounder i.e. Mitch Marsh, Moz or Maxwell.
If they are serious about the squad rotation, then you need a Plan B with Watson gets injured. Like they do for the front line quicks.
But he won't. Because he's ****.
Why the **** hasn't Top Cat posted a picture of the "Test Match" board game batsman yet?
Stop moving him around and bat him at four. Tell him "You're our long term number four" and let him settle into that position and role. Only bowl him if absolutely necessary (and even then only sparingly).
If he injures himself don't shuffle the order around, just have a backup no.4 waiting in the wings.
Interesting analysis of his test career.
The Cricket Sadist Hour | Cricket Blogs | ESPN Cricinfo
Watson should keep.
some good points, but let's put some context into it: He's basically wrote it because some people have suggested replacing his beloved Cowan with Watson