Two years after Ponting's retirement, the Australian team management has failed to fill the No.3 spot and Watson's dip in form has made the team hunt for options. However, Ponting, who scored 9904 of his 13,378 Test runs at No.3 at an average of 56.2, believes Watson is the man for the job.

"He would be disappointed with his last few games around the results he has got but he is a class player and things are going to change," Ponting was quoted as saying in a local newspaper.

"He is too good a player not to. It is the same old thing, until you have got someone better to put into any position in a side, you dont change. We will keep our fingers crossed and hope Boxing Day is a big one for him," he said.

Rumour has it that young Queensland batsman Joe Burns, who has been recently inducted into the side in place of the injured Mitchell Marsh, might bat at the position with Watson dropping down the order. Ponting though opines that Burns might fit the No.3 slot well, but only in the future.

"But the way I was brought up and coming into Australian teams, it was always the new guy in the line-up came in and batted at five and six and learnt the trade down there, and when he was good enough he moved up the order. So I think that is probably the way they will go," he said.

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