I want to continue playing Tests: Shane Watson

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Published: Monday, March 18, 2013, 11:59 [IST]
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I want to continue playing Tests: Watson

Sydney, Mar 18: All-rounder Shane Watson has said he is committed to be a Test player for Australia for a long time and is set to return to India for the fourth and final Test of the series starting on March 22.

Watson was one of the four players axed from the team for the ongoing third Test against India in Mohali. He had returned to Australia following the axing, to be with his wife for the birth of their first child.

On Monday, Watson said: "I've had several constructive discussions with team management back in Mohali over the past few days. We've spoken about how we are going to work together to move forward, as Australia attempts to climb back to the top of the ICC rankings. I've a burning ambition to be an Australian Test player for as long as I can be and help Australia win those big Test Series' as well as the big ICC Tournaments.

"I have also had a number of chats with Pat Howard over the last week and we are both now on the same page and are really looking forward to working together to get Australia to be the best team in the world. I'm looking forward to getting around the boys again and concentrating on moving forward. I'm entirely committed to the team and being the best player I can be," Watson said.

Pat Howard, Cricket Australia Executive General Manager Team Performance, said: "Shane and I have had a number of positive conversations. I am glad to say that Shane will return from compassionate leave and rejoin the squad in India as the team prepares for the fourth Test in Delhi."

Australia Head Coach Mickey Arthur said: "It's been a big week for us all - both on and off the pitch. The whole Australian cricket team congratulates Lee and Shane on the safe arrival of baby Will.

"Covering all the bases while preparing for any Test match is key to both us and Shane's recommitment to the team in his chats with me this week have been really positive. We're looking forward to having Watto back and around the group as we prepare for the fourth Test."

Watson will leave Australia this evening and arrive in Delhi early Tuesday morning. He will train with the squad in Delhi on Wednesday morning ahead of the final Test.


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