All-rounder Watson impresses Waugh in pre-tour hit out

Published: Sunday, February 10, 2002, 23:53 [IST]
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Devonport: Australian rookie all-rounder Shane Watson made a good impression on national skipper Steve Waugh on Sunday with a man-of-the-match performance for Tasmania against New South Wales (NSW) in a domestic One-day clash.

NSW, with Waugh and a host of other national players back in the team, eventually comfortably won the match but not before 20-year-old Watson backed his surprise selection for this month's tour of South Africa. With national chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns also watching, Watson scored 96 and snared the wicket of senior Test batsman Mark Waugh. Batting at number three, Watson was run out four runs short of his century after facing 124 balls. " Watson batted well and got through the hard part of his innings - I thought he showed a lot of maturity," said Steve Waugh who had never seen the youngster in action before. "It's hard to make an opinion of a player on one match, but he showed a lot of promise." Despite Watson's sterling efforts, NSW, back to near full strength with all its internationals on deck, except paceman Glenn McGrath, reached its target of 250 with 10 balls to spare. Openers Mark Waugh and Corey Richards both made 60, while Michael Bevan, who came in at number four, scored an unbeaten 62 off 68 balls and Steve Waugh was not out 32. NSW (26 points) moved to within one point of joint leaders South Australia and Queensland.

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