<div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="Shane Watson plans to focus only on batting role" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20121229122549.jpg" title="Shane Watson plans to focus only on batting role" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> Shane Watson will miss the final dead-rubber Sydney Test starting on January 3 due to a calf injury © AFP (Representation pic)</p> </div> <strong>Melbourne: Dec 29, 2012</strong><br /> <br /> All-rounder <a href="/tags/Shane-Watson/post" target="_blank">Shane Watson</a> is considering playing only as a batsman and will talk over his plans with the Australian selectors after next week's third Test against <a href="/tags/Sri-Lanka/post" target="_blank">Sri Lanka</a> in <a href="/tags/Sydney/post" target="_blank">Sydney</a>.<br /> <br /> Watson will miss the final dead-rubber Sydney Test starting on January 3 with a calf injury which resurfaced during this week's second Test in <a href="/tags/Melbourne/post" target="_blank">Melbourne</a>.<br /> <br /> The 31-year-old said he had felt some soreness before the match but was not rested despite Australia's contentious policy of sidelining players considered close to the burn-out stage.<br /> <br /> Watson has admitted he felt a niggle in his calf following the first Test in <a href="/tags/Hobart/post" target="_blank">Hobart </a>earlier this month, where he bowled 47.4 overs after swing bowler <a href="/tags/Ben-Hilfenhaus/post" target="_blank">Ben Hilfenhaus</a> broke down during the game with a side strain.<br /> <br /> "I am certainly doing some thinking about what my prospects are moving forward, with my bowling especially," Watson told the <em>Nine Network</em> after Australia's innings and 201-run victory over the Sri Lankans on Friday.<br /> <br /> "I have to sit down with the hierarchy and work out the best way to manage things so I can put some cricket together for a period of time."<br /> <br /> He said he wanted to get some continuity as a batsman.<br /> <br /> Watson missed out on his third Test century and his first hundred since October 2010 when he was dismissed for 83 in Australia's first innings in Melbourne.<br /> <br /> It was the 19th time Watson has failed to convert a Test half-century into three figures. He currently averages 37.03 with the bat in 38 Tests.<br /> <br /> <a href="/tags/Cricket-Australia/post" target="_blank">Cricket Australia</a>'s high-performance chief <a href="/tags/Pat-Howard/post" target="_blank">Pat Howard</a> said the selectors were keen to have multi-skilled players in the Australian team.<br /> <br /> "If Shane or anybody wants to be a batsman only, well somebody else has got to be able to take up the overs," Howard told reporters on Saturday.<br /> <br /> "There was some consideration of it (resting Watson). But it was looked at as a collective. He's multi-skilled and can bring more than a couple of attributes to the game."<br /> <br /> Howard said when managing players' workloads it mainly involved the young fast bowlers in the squad.<br /> <br /> "Looking after them is a pretty core principle of what we're trying to do," Howard said.<br /> <br /> Australia rested left-arm quick Mitchell <span class="GRcorrect" grcontextid="Starc:0" grmarkguid="a0388f50-3d4b-45bd-98be-f615b86ee110" gruiphraseguid="aec82aaf-8250-476f-b623-d15b1b3999bf">Starc</span> from the Melbourne Test without any apparent injury concerns.<br /> <br /> Uncapped Victoria all-rounder Glenn Maxwell has been named in Australia's 13-man squad for the Sydney Test in place of Watson.