Shane Watson on Monday expressed that he wants to continue playing Test cricket for Australia, as he is set to join the squad for the fourth Test against India of the ongoing Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
Watson, who was dropped from the Australia squad for the third Test at Mohali after failing to give inputs to coach Mickey Arthur, will reach India on Tuesday morning.
On his departure, Watson told Cricket Australia’s official website, “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,” Watson said.
The Australian vice-captain revealed that he has sorted out the differences with Cricket Australia general and performance manager Pat Howard, and is looking forward to return to the national side.
Watson said, “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.”
Howard said he had “positive conversations” with the 31-year-old cricketer.
"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,” he said.
Australia coach and selector 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,” he concluded.
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First Published: March 18, 2013, 12:04 pm