Shane Watson determined to play remaining games despite injuries

Shane Watson suffered back spasms during the second One-Day International against South Africa Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Durban: Oct 27, 2011

Australia vice-captain Shane Watson is determined to play every remaining match on the South Africa tour, if his latest injury recovery goes as per the plan.

Watson suffered back spasms during the second One-Day International against South Africa, which they lost by 80 runs. He was not able to move in the dressing room after the back spasms prevented him to continue his bowling, and that injury was followed by a hip strain.

Watson said he wants to play in next week’s four-day tour match against South Africa A.

”Playing a lot isn’t something that over the last couple of years I ever thought I was going to be able to do. So in the end it’s just continual management to be able to try and stay on top of things. When I’m playing so much it means I am pushing my body all the time, so there’s a chance little things can pop up and unfortunately it’s been two things together over the last week or so,” he said.

Watson expressed that continual management, and not resting, is his preferred approach to continue playing.

”But they haven’t been major things. I’ve just got to continue to stay on top of my general management and hope we can get on top of these things pretty quickly,” he was quoted by Sydney Morning Herald.

”Definitely, it’s a huge match in the scheme of things, so no doubt I’m desperate to get back to be able to play,” Watson said.

Watson added that he not considering moving down the batting order in Tests. ”The plan is to hopefully be able to recover over the next couple of days and that means that it won’t really affect my Test preparation at all,” he said.

”It hasn’t been determined yet but in a perfect world I’ll play the tour match to be able to get my bowling workload up more than anything and also try and get some form in the longer version of the game,” he added.