Watson to return ahead of 4th Test
Shane Watson is departing Sydney tonight to rejoin the VB Tour of India ahead of the fourth Test, which starts in Delhi on 22 March.
Watson had been stood down from selection for the third Test, along with three other members of the Australia touring squad, for failing to meet team standards. Following that decision, Shane was granted leave to attend the birth of his first child Will, who was born on Thursday.
Shane Watson said: “I’ve had several constructive discussions with team management back in Mohali over the past few days. We've spoken about how we are going to work together to move forward, as Australia attempts to climb back to the top of the ICC rankings. I’ve a burning ambition to be an Australian Test player for as long as I can be and help Australia win those big Test Series’ as well as the big ICC Tournaments.
“I have also had a number of chats with Pat Howard over the last week and we are both now on the same page and are really looking forward to working together to get Australia to be the best team in the world. I’m looking forward to getting around the boys again and concentrating on moving forward. I’m entirely committed to the team and being the best player I can be,” Watson said.
Pat Howard, Cricket Australia Executive General Manager Team Performance, said: "Shane and I have had a number of positive conversations. I am glad to say that Shane will return from compassionate leave and rejoin the squad in India as the team prepares for the fourth Test in Delhi.”
Australia Head Coach Mickey Arthur said: “It’s been a big week for us all – both on and off the pitch. The whole Australian cricket team congratulates Lee and Shane on the safe arrival of baby Will.
"Covering all the bases while preparing for any Test match is key to both us and Shane’s recommitment to the team in his chats with me this week have been really positive. We’re looking forward to having Watto back and around the group as we prepare for the fourth Test.”
Shane will leave Australia this evening and arrive in Delhi early Tuesday morning. He will train with the squad in Delhi on Wednesday morning ahead of the final Test.