A BATTING WITH BIMAL BREAKING REPORT: I hope to play an all-rounder role in the final Test, says Shane Watson

Watson is hoping that he will not have to trade in his all-rounder status to become a batting specialist

Australia’s Shane Watson has announced that he hopes to play his usual all-rounder role during the final Test against South Africa at Perth after much speculation that he would not be bowling any more in order to cut down on his workload and chances of sustaining another injury.

Watson’s comments come after he sustained a calf injury before the start of the first Test at Brisbane and since then, there has been a lot of speculation over whether the limited overs specialist would be allowed to bowl at all during the South Africa series.

Talking about his chances of being included in the squad for the third Test, Watson said: “I’m not sure. It really depends on how things progress over the next week. If there’s no hiccups, there’s a likelihood I’ll be able to bowl some overs but I just want to try and be able to get fit and if that means I get fit enough early enough to get some overs into me then that’s great.”

A few days before the start of the third Test, Watson was more confident of his chances of being included.

“So far so good,” Watson said. “I’m on track at the moment. I’m not counting my chickens, everything has got to keep progressing well over the next week. Things can change quickly as I know from the past so I’m not getting ahead of myself.

“I’d love to be able to be a part of the next Test match if everything goes well but I really just want to get fit, that’s the most important thing.”

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