Watson impresses in first net session since injury

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“He was hitting the ball as well as he was in India so that was an encouraging sign”

Australia all-rounder Shane Watson was extremely impressive in his first net session since sustaining a low-grade hamstring strain in India.

Australia batting coach Michael di Venuto stated that Watson was “hitting the ball as well as was in India”.

“It was a pretty relaxed, low-key session getting used to the red ball again,” di Venuto told cricket.com.au. “It was a pretty relaxed, low-key session getting used to the red ball again. Batting for him wasn’t an issue. He is pretty confident where he is at, at the moment.

“He was hitting the ball as well as he was in India so that was an encouraging sign. Batting is not going to be an issue.”

Watson also announced that he plans to resume bowling early next week.

“That’s part of the plan, it’s a slow build-up for him,” di Venuto said. “He’s still a week away from the first Test.

“It depends on how he feels (when he starts bowling again), simple as that. But he is a world-class batsman. If we have to we will just use him as that. We have options to go with whatever way we want, if we want to use a spinner or four quicks.”

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