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Watson faces stiffer competition for Test recall: Clarke

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Shane WatsonPHOTO: AFP
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Shane Watson’s return to Test cricket during the upcoming four-Test series against India will be tough as he faces competition from a much bigger pool of players by deciding to play as a batsman rather than an allrounder, Australian skipper Michael Clarke said.

Watson is set to make a comeback to international cricket as a batsman in the third ODI against West Indies at Canberra today after spending a month on the sidelines due to a calf injury.

One of the best allrounders, Watson has decided not to bowl for the time being as it has typically been his bowling that has caused many injury problems for the 31-year-old over the years.

“…As I’ve said to Watto, while he’s not bowling he goes into a much bigger pool of players ... the pool of batsmen is much bigger than the pool of allrounders in Australian cricket at the moment. But Shane knows if he’s at his best, he’s as good as any player in the world…” he added.PTI

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