Doubtful Watson skips batting camp, Cowan’s chances brighten
Shane Watson’s hopes of playing in the Boxing Day Test suffered a set-back as he failed to take part in the opening day of Australia's batting on Tuesday.cricket Updated: Dec 21, 2011 01:22 IST
Shane Watson’s hopes of playing in the Boxing Day Test suffered a set-back as he failed to take part in the opening day of Australia's batting camp here Tuesday while fellow all-rounder Dan Christian and Tasmania's opening batsman Ed Cowan moved closer to making a Test debut.
Watson has already said he won't bowl in the Boxing Day Test but his chances to play as an opener is also fading as he makes a slow recovery from hamstring and calf injuries.
Cowan made a strong case to open the batting on Boxing Day with 109 for a Cricket Australia Chairman's XI against the Indians while Christian's chances of breaking into the team improved after coach Mickey Arthur hinted he would prefer a genuine all-rounder in the side for the first two Tests.
“It’s almost as if you play with 12 players when you play with an all-rounder, so our preference for balance of the team is always to try and have an all-rounder,” Arthur said.