Disappointing to miss CLT20 matches: Watson

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Published: Friday, October 19, 2012, 16:52 [IST]
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Disappointing to miss CLT20 ties: Watson

Sydney, Oct 19: Australia all-rounder Shane Watson feels playing Champions League T20 would not lead to burn out, after he was ordered to return home by Cricket Australia to prepare for the Test series against South Africa.

After returning home, following a splendid performance in Champions League T20 for Sydney Sixers, Watson said after Sydney booked a semifinal berth in CLT20.

Shane Watson, played a prominent role as he scored 104 runs off 3 matches at an average of 34 with a highest score of 47 and a strike rate of 140.54.

He also claimed 5 wickets off 3 matches with 2/25 being his best with an strike rate of 13.2 in this edition of Champions League T20.

"In regards to the summer it is [in my best interests], but not in regards to playing for the Sixers. Physically and mentally it wouldn't have taken a toll at all," Watson said.

"You do get brought up to play, that's what you love doing, in the end you have to make the most of the time you do have to train and give yourself, especially with my history, the best chance physically of being ready as well," said Watson.

Watson also revealed that he is disappointed to miss the last match against Mumbai Indians in the CLT20 as he enjoys playing it.

"Having the week to freshen up, from that point of view, I should be raring to go. In the end, it's disappointing to miss these games because it's high-quality cricket that you're playing and it is a lot of fun."

A few days ago, Cricket Australia, keeping in mind the all-rounder's fitness, and in order to avoid burn out, ordered Watson to return home within a week to prepare for the Test series against South Africa, starting from Nov 9.


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