‘If I were to bowl I think it would be a bonus’, says Shane Watson

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“It really does depend on pushing the limit to make sure I’m ready to go as a batsman and maybe a bowler”

Australia all-rounder Shane Wastson has announced that his hamstring injury is “progressing well” and added that if he were allowed to bowl during the first Ashes Test in Brisbane, “it would be a bonus”.

Watson sustained a low-grade hamstring strain during the seventh and final ODI against India in Bangalore and he has been undergoing dry-needle acupuncture in an attempt to speed up his recovery process.

“(I feel) Decent, but it just depends, if I keep progressing the way I am then that’s definitely going to be an option I think,” Watson said. “It really does depend on pushing the limit to make sure I’m ready to go as a batsman and maybe a bowler, but I’m not risking it to have a chance of reinjuring it and it puts me out for batting as well.

“It’s just trying to find that balance, I’m going to talk to Alex [Kountouris] and Darren [Lehmann] and Michael [Clarke] as well and see what their thoughts are. At the moment it’s progressing well so if I were to bowl I think it would be a bonus.

“It’s an aggressive dry needling technique our doctor has brought in to get me back on the park quicker and release the tension that builds up in my muscles.

“It’s certainly not that enjoyable but it’s making a huge difference in maintaining my body but also getting me back when I have little niggles and little hiccups like I have recently.”

Wastson also noted that he was interested to see who England would pick to fill the last pace bowler spot on their Ashes roster.

As of right now, it is between Chris Tremlett, Steven Finn, Boyd Rankin and Ben Stokes.

“It’s going to be interesting to see the make-up especially that last bowling spot for England,” he said. “They’ve got a number of really good options. Tremlett, he did really well here when he came over in the last Ashes series, and Finn everyone sort of knows what he provides.

“It’s going to be interesting to see which way they go, but knowing they’ve got Stuart Broad and Jimmy Anderson as well as Graeme Swann, it’s a lot of guys with experience and world class bowlers so it’s a good starting point for them.”

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