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Shane Watson urges selectors to give youngsters extended run

Shane Watson urges selectors to give youngsters extended run
Shane Watson urged the Australian selectors to give the youngsters in the team an extended run.
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Australian all-rounder, Shane Watson, who recently announced his retirement from Test cricket, urged the selectors to give the youngsters an extended run in international cricket.

The retirements of Michael Clarke, Chris Rogers, Brad Haddin and Ryan Harris following the Ashes defeat against England has put Australia in a spot of bother especially in the longer format.

The selectors have recalled Usman Khawaja, Joe Burns and Stephen O'Keefe for the Bangladesh tour while also including the uncapped duo of Cameron Bancroft and Andrew Fekete.

Steven Smith will be leading the 15-man squad while having Adam Voges as his deputy in the absence of David Warner.

Watson believes the selectors have picked the best available squad for the Bangladesh series and further insisted that the players must be given sufficient time to prove their worth in international cricket.

"The best way to get the best out of players is to give them some time to be able to find their feet and feel comfortable in the group," Watson told Sky Sports Radio.

"They are the best players that they can pick from at this point in time.

"They've got to go with what their judgments are to make sure they stick with these guys."

The Australian all-rounder cited the example of Khawaja, who is returning to international cricket after a hiatus of two years.

"He's someone that just needs a bit of time to get his feet again, feel comfortable in the groove and continue to develop his game," Watson said.

Meanwhile Australia have hired the services of Indian all-rounder Sridharan Sriram as a consultant for the Bangladesh tour.

Australia's two-match Test series against Bangladesh will kick-off on 9th October at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong.

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