Sydney, Feb 25: Shane Watson's return would force selectors to drop the out-of-form David Warner in order to accomodate a fully fit Watson in the playing XI for the remaining matches in the ODI tri-series featuring Sri Lanka and India.
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Watson was named the twelfth man in Australia's match against Sri Lanka on Friday, which Lanka won by three wickets to snatch a thriller and upset the hosts.
Warner on the other hand, has played all the 6 matches in the tri-series and has managed only 121 runs at an average of 20.16, failing miserably in the series.
He is the only player to have played all the three formats this summer, and looks like the schedule has taken its toll on the talented opener's form.
Though it is reasonably true, Michael Clarke doesn't believe Warner has played enough internationals to deserve rest so soon in his career.
“I dont know if he needs a rest, Im not sure about that. He hasnt played that many one-day games, I dont think he is in a position to be asking for a rest," Clarke said.
“I guess if the selectors decide to rest him then thats a selection panel decision but for Davey, he has to keep making runs no matter what form of the game," he said.
“I think he has only played 20 games, 15 one-day games, so he has got to keep working hard and scoring runs. He is a big player for us, thats for sure," Clarke added.
Now, with Clarke missing out the crucial tie against India, there are doubts about captaincy while Watson's return to the side will also boost the team's batting line-up in the absence of Clarke and Ponting.