Shane Watson likely to miss West Indies tests

Krishna Chopra / 23 May 2015

Shane Watson, the Australian all-rounder could miss the West Indies tests as he might be out on paternity leave. Watson is expecting the birth of his second child and is all set to miss the solitary warm up game starting on 27th May. The warm up game is a three day encounter to be played in Antigua.

Watson said that he hopes he makes it on time for the selection of the first test, but that seems unlikely. Watson said, “They’ve said that I don’t have to play the tour game, but obviously there is going to have to be a certain amount of time for me to get there, if it works out that way, to be able to play the first Test,” Watson said in Sydney on Friday. “Coming off playing Twenty20 cricket, and then it’s a long flight and recovering from a long flight into a Test match, I’m going to have to have a decent enough sort of lead-up anyway to be right to go.”

“There is no doubt there will be a certain cut-off date at some stage, but there will be physically alone to be able to be right for that Test match. But the most important thing for me right at this time is to be here for the birth of my second baby,” said Watson.

It must be noted that the Australian has not been in the best of form in tests. He faces still competition from Mitchell Marsh for the all-rounder’s slot. 

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