Australian all-rounder Shane Watson might not be available for his team in the final of ODI Tri-series, which will be played between India or England with host Australia, as he announced on Tuesday. But he also showed his intention that he will not miss the World Cup 2015 in any case.
Watson suffered a tight hamstring in the washed out game played against India, on Monday. However, he said that his recovery is going splendid, and he will surely return to Australian side for the most awaiting World Cup 15. He said, “(It’s) 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.”
World Cup will start on February 14 hosted by Australia and New Zealand. Australia will play their practice match against United Arab Emirates and India. It is still not sure whether Micheal Clarke will come back to their team with his fitness for the World Cup as he underwent through hamstring surgery last month after he got injured in the first Test against India. If he is selected in the World Cup Squad, current Australian ODI Captain George Bailey, might have to leave the tournament. Wicketkeeper Bailey said that if he does not get some decent scores for his team then, apparently, he will pave the way for Clarke in the team. 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 played in place of Clarke in the test matches against India, had scored four centuries, and also scored a hundred when Bailey was suspended for a game due to slow over rate. Smith said on Tuesday that he is really enjoying captaincy in the absence of Bailey and Clarke in ODI format. He also said that their team is playing good, and the presence of some senior players will help him out to take the decision in crucial situations.