Australia’s injury-prone all-rounder Shane Watson is fit and raring to go in the series against South Africa and expects the ODI series to be as competitive as the Test series that took place in South Africa earlier this year.
“It was very hard-fought series so there will be a lot of competition on the field, and maybe a few scars floating around from that Test tour as well might pop up, but in the end they’re a high-quality team and so are we.”
Shane Watson, who missed the tour of Zimbabwe and UAE due to injury, expressed that he made use of this time to work on his fitness issues and some technical issues that had risen in his batting during the Ashes 2013-14.
“With my batting I’ve had to work through my technical issues that have crept in from playing as long as I had [without a break],” Watson said. “So I’ve had to work very hard on those over the past six months. It was really trying to simplify my batting. I had to make a few adjustments on the run during the English series when I had some lbw issues so I made a few adjustments on the run and I’ve had to get back to simplifying that. I’ve been lucky to work with a really high-quality batting coach who’s been able to help me bring things back to simplify it.”
“I didn’t want it [the break] because I just want to play as much as I possibly can for my country. But out of any negative situation I have always tried to find the positives and there have certainly been some positives out of it. To be able to just continue, to be able to refine my batting, but also continue to look at where my physical preparation is as well … that is also the most important thing to me, to be able to stay fit.“
“After everything that we have done over the last 18 months to build it up, things are never meant to go perfectly well. We have had an incredible run in the Ashes last summer and in South Africa as well. Things always pop up at times to give you a reality check when you need it. This, certainly from afar, it looks like it has been a really big reality check for everyone. We’ve always grown out of situations that haven’t been ideal for us and we’ll certainly do that again,” he said.