Monday 18 March 2013 

Watson Due To Return To India For Final Test

Watson Due To Return To India For Final Test
Watson Due To Return To India For Final Test
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Australian vice-captain Shane Watson is set to head back out to India of the fourth Test in Delhi following the birth of his first child last week.

Watson had been given permission to leave the tour, although he would have missed the match in Mohali as one of four players who was banned by team management for failing to complete an assignment.

His wife Lee gave birth to Will on Thursday, and Watson has subsequently been in discussions with Cricket Australia about his future as an international cricketer.

"I've had several constructive discussions with team management back in Mohali over the past few days," Watson confirmed.

"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.
 
"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," he added.

Pat Howard, Cricket Australia Executive General Manager Team Performance, said: "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.”

Australia Head Coach Mickey Arthur added: "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."

The fourth Test begins on 22nd March and Watson will arrive in time to train with the team ahead of the game.

© Cricket World 2013

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