Melbourne: All-rounder Shane Watson said on Tuesday that he was unsure if he would be fit for the tri-series final against England or India, but has no intention of missing the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup, 2015. Watson, 33, was sidelined for Friday’s win over England and the washed out game against India in Sydney on Monday with a tight hamstring, but said that his recovery was “travelling really well”.
“Its nothing too serious, but more so a precaution just to make sure it settles down over this week and be ready to go again by Sunday in Perth. If not then, the practice matches leading into the World Cup,” he said.
“That’s the nature of the game — you’re scoring runs or you’re not scoring runs — you get picked or you don’t. It’s obvious — if Pup [Clarke] is there, then one of the batsmen makes way.Whether that’s me or someone else, that’s how it is.”
Meanwhile Steve Smith, who stood in as captain for the injured Clarke during the Test matches against India, has settled easily into the role, scoring four centuries in that series and again when one-day skipper Bailey was suspended for a game over a slow over rate.
“I’ve really enjoyed captaining the side in Clarke and Bailey’s absence last week in the one-day format,” Smith said on Tuesday.”I thought the boys were outstanding. I had a good bunch of senior players around that helped me out. It’s been a good summer for me.”