An answer that prompts many a question
His Test captain excepted, no Australian cricketer elicits the public scrutiny or polarises popular opinion more readily than Shane Watson.
In part that is due to the ongoing belief that he has not fully delivered on the enormous talent he first flagged on his international arrival more than a decade ago.
That remains in no small part due to the frailties of a body more often associated with a rugby forward.
It has seen him spend numerous, prolonged bouts on the sidelines and ensured the debate as to whether his value to any team is as a batsman, bowler or carefully managed combination of the two.
In essence, it is all of the above. His powerfully clean ball striking can radically alter the outcome of a game – Test or limited-overs – within the space of a few overs.
As can the results of his bustling, late-swinging seamers. But too often those mercurial talents have come in short, unfulfilled bursts followed by lengthy, unproductive stints on the sidelines.
If his breakthrough century in the final Ashes Test of 2013 is a portent, Australia’s fortunes have received a significant and timely boost.