ROLLING STONES lead singer Mick Jagger knows you can’t always get what you want and it seems Shane Watson can’t find a way to end his long wait for a third Test hundred.
Against the West Indies in Trinidad, Watson fell for the 18th time in his 34-Test career between 50 and 100 as his seeming inability to convert a score into triple figures for Australia continued.
With legendary rocker Jagger watching from the stands at Queen’s Park Oval, music tragic Watson – who narrowly missed out on meeting the star at the team’s Port of Spain hotel on Saturday – fell for 56 after spending just under four hours at the crease.
Watson’s knock was a patient one and probably worth far more than the final tally, on a wicket where runs are going to be at a premium but patience is running thin on just when the burly allrounder is going to deliver big scores to match his ability.
The 30-year-old’s second Test century came in Mohali in October 2010 and since then he has passed 50 eight times before being dismissed short of a hundred.
Considering most of Watson’s Test career has been played as an opener, a position where David Warner has already struck two tons in just eight Tests, and it’s obvious that Watson needs to learn to convert his scores.
But he says he’s not getting frustrated by his long wait for that next Test ton.
“Not really to be honest,” Watson said on Sunday.
“In a perfect world it would be great to be able to get another hundred but today was about being able to bat for as long as we possibly could.
“It was frustrating not to be able to get another hundred but in the end it was a pretty long day to try and bat for as long as we could on a very, very slow wicket.” – AAP