CLT20: Watson forced to return, to miss two games

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Updated: Monday, October 15, 2012, 15:44 [IST]
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Melbourne, Oct 15: Cricket Australia has sent its signals clear, as Shane Watson is all set to return home from the on-going Champions League T20, in order to avoid a possible injury breakdown ahead of the Test series against South Africa starting from Nov 9.

Watson to head home, miss 2 CLT20 ties

Shane Watson, who was named the player of World T20 that concluded on Oct 7 in Sri Lanka is expected to miss the last two group matches against Highveld Lions and Mumbai Indians as he is heading home after the clash against Yorkshire on Tuesday at Cape Town.

"We are reviewing his load and circumstance very closely ... I think it's reasonably well known that it's likely he won't see the (Champions League) tournament out," he said.

Since Watson has been vulnerable to injuries, Cricket Australia chief James Sutherland felt there was a need to monitor the cricketer carefully as he is an important player for Australia.

"We're concerned about Shane. His injury record is unfortunate and what that tells us is that we need to monitor him and manage him very carefully and we are."

"I don't know the specifics but the priority will be for him to get himself right as possible," Sutherland said.

Cricket Australia insisted on recalling Shane Watson from the on-going Champions League T20, as the cricketer gets some time to prepare for the Test series against South Africa that starts on Nov 9.

"That's one, to give him a little bit of a break, then give him a little bit of therapy and whatever else he needs.

"But then also to really focus on getting him right to play Test cricket which he hasn't played for a long time and give him the opportunity to play a Shield game and at least play with the red ball," the CA chief said.

"He's a fantastic player ... he's the sort of player who can win series and certainly win Test matches for Australia."

Watson returned to the national side after recovering from an calf tear, that forced him to stay away from an entire Test summer, ahead of the World T20 after suffering from a hamstring strain in South Africa last November, which forced him to stay away from international cricket for a couple of months.


Story first published:  Monday, October 15, 2012, 13:15 [IST]
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