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Shane Watson suffered a groin injury in the fourth Test in the ongoing Ashes series at Chester-le-Street © Getty Images

Aug 19, 2013

Australia’s 32-year-old all-rounder Shane Watson has expressed his desire to bowl in the fifth and final Ashes Test at the Oval after having recovered from the groin strain he suffered in the fourth Test at Chester-le-Street.

“The injury I got during the Test match is something that just occasionally pops up in my groin so it’s something that does settle down pretty quickly,” Watson said, as reported by www.cricket.com.au.

“Hopefully I’ll be bowling and building it up to be able to make sure I can do a job in the Test match. The plan is at the moment to be able to bowl on Monday and make sure I’m confident.”

Watson praised the team doctor Peter Brukner for his quick recovery.

“The great thing here is the doctor we’ve got is someone who has made a significant difference to my body,” Watson said.

“The techniques he’s using to be able to release the tension that builds up in muscles has made a huge difference throughout this whole series so far.”

This development could be good news for the visitors as Watson has already bowled 81 overs in the four Test so far. His return could lessen the burden on the rest of the bowling attack.