Shane Watson

According to reports, Shane Watson, if picked, will feature only as a batsman in the second Test against South Africa © AFP

Adelaide: Nov 19, 2012


The 31-year-old Shane Watson was named in Australia’s 13-man squad for the second Test against South Africa at Adelaide, which starts on Thursday, after he missed the drawn  Brisbane Test due to a calf strain.


“At the moment every day is just about trying to get through and hoping that my calf continues to progress really well,” Watson was quoted as saying by Reuters after training at the Adelaide Oval.


“At this point in time, the most important thing is to be able to run consistently without really hurting it, so bowling at this point of time is out.


“For me, it’s just getting out to run around and do the skills I need to do to be fit to play as a batsman to start with.”


While Watson has been given a chance to prove his fitness, left-handed batsman Rob Quiney, who made his Test debut at the Gabba, is again on standby to replace Watson in the team.


If picked, there are chances that Watson will be reduced to a specialist batsman but at the moment it’s not clear whether the Australian team management will pick him just as a batsman for the second Test against the Proteas.