HT Image
HT Image

I'd go anywhere to play for Aus: Watson

Shane Watson says he is so desperate to keep his place in the side that he would not mind ignoring security concerns to play in Pakistan.
By HT Correspondent | PTI, Melbourne
UPDATED ON JUL 11, 2008 05:39 PM IST

The thought of going to Pakistan for the Champions Trophy is giving jitters to his teammates but Australian all-rounder Shane Watson says he is so desperate to keep his place in the side that he would not mind ignoring security concerns to play in the troubled country.

Watson, whose history of injury breakdowns came in the way of his cementing a slot in the Aussie team in the past, has blossomed into a consistent match winner off late pulling of man-of-the-series winning performances in the recent Indian Premier League (IPL) and the ODI series against West Indies.

And the 27-year-old is no mood to halt his remarkable run by pulling out of the mini World Cup due to security concerns.

"I'd go anywhere, I'd play anywhere," he was quoted as saying in 'The Australia'.

"I just want to play for my country, that's what I've worked so hard for. I've been through some up-and-down times over the last year, so I'd do anything to play for my country, so wherever I have to go I'll go," he added.

Watson said he himself has been left amazed by his recent form as only a few months ago, the only future he could visualise for himself at this time of the year was a county stint in England.

"It's just been so great to be part of the Australian team again. It's been an interesting last year and to be able to be here now, to be part of a winning team and to play a big role in it is something I wasn't expecting at all. I was expecting to be in England playing county cricket," Watson said.

The lanky all-rounder said his stint in the IPL helped him raise his fitness level and get back in groove after a prolonged injury layoff.

"We played a lot of cricket in six weeks, so physically it gave me a lot of confidence to know that I could get through a pretty tiring schedule," Watson said,

"I think it brought my whole game, every aspect, batting and bowling, to another level. It was a great time and my cricket improved a lot and that was my aim at the start of the tournament.

"It's been great, especially the last three or four months playing in the IPL and the West Indies series to be physically able to get through it," he added.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
app
Close
Mohammed Siraj is congratulated by his teammates after getting his fifth wicket. (Getty Images)
Mohammed Siraj is congratulated by his teammates after getting his fifth wicket. (Getty Images)

Siraj claims maiden Test five-wicket-haul, ends India's 17-year-long wait

By hindustantimes.com, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 18, 2021 12:47 PM IST
  • Mohammed Siraj, who had a promising start to his Test career with five wickets in Melbourne, led from the front and claimed his maiden five-wicket-haul in Tests.
Close
Live
Mohammed Siraj of India celebrates the wicket of Marnus Labuschagne of Australia during day four of the fourth test match between Australia and India at the Gabba in Brisbane, Australia, January 18, 2021. AAP Image/Darren England via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE. AUSTRALIA OUT. NEW ZEALAND OUT(via REUTERS)
Mohammed Siraj of India celebrates the wicket of Marnus Labuschagne of Australia during day four of the fourth test match between Australia and India at the Gabba in Brisbane, Australia, January 18, 2021. AAP Image/Darren England via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE. AUSTRALIA OUT. NEW ZEALAND OUT(via REUTERS)

4th Test, Day 4 Highlights: Siraj shines as India need 324 runs to win at Gabba

By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON JAN 18, 2021 01:15 PM IST
IND vs AUS 4th Test, Day 4 Highlights: India bowled out Australia for 294 runs and will need to make 328 to win the four-match series.
Australia's batsman Steve Smith looks on as India's Shardul Thakur bowls on day four of the fourth cricket Test match between Australia and India at The Gabba in Brisbane.(AFP)
Australia's batsman Steve Smith looks on as India's Shardul Thakur bowls on day four of the fourth cricket Test match between Australia and India at The Gabba in Brisbane.(AFP)

Brisbane Test - Tomorrow it will be about bowling in good areas: Smith

By hindustantimes.com
PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 02:58 PM IST
India vs Australia: Rain ensured India couldn't make any progress in their chase and with more rain predicted for the final day, Australia batsman Steve Smith believes the Aussie bowlers need to be patient and bowl in good areas.
Close
Mohammed Siraj finished with 5/73. (Getty Images)
Mohammed Siraj finished with 5/73. (Getty Images)

Brisbane Test: India need 324 to win after Siraj claims maiden Test five-for

By hindustantimes.com, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 18, 2021 01:32 PM IST
  • India vs Australia: Siraj’s 5/73 coupled with another fine piece of fast bowling from Shardul Thakur (4/61), helped India bowl Australia out for 294 in their second innings, which set India 328 to win.
Close
Australia's Steve Smith reacts as he bats during play on day four of the fourth cricket test between India and Australia at the Gabba, Brisbane, Australia, Monday, Jan. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)(AP)
Australia's Steve Smith reacts as he bats during play on day four of the fourth cricket test between India and Australia at the Gabba, Brisbane, Australia, Monday, Jan. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)(AP)

Smith surpasses Sachin, Sehwag, becomes quickest to reach 7500 Test runs

By hindustantimes.com
PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 12:18 PM IST
India vs Australia: While it took Smith 139 innings to reach the landmark, both Tendulkar and Sehwag had taken 144 innings to achieve the feat.
Close
Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir(Twitter)
Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir(Twitter)

Will be available to play for Pakistan again once Misbah and Co leave: Amir

PTI
UPDATED ON JAN 18, 2021 03:08 PM IST
Having already retired from Tests, the 28-year-old quit international cricket last month alleging mental torture by the cricket board.
Close
England captain Joe Root plays a shot during the first test match between Sri Lanka and England at Galle International Cricket Stadium.(PTI)
England captain Joe Root plays a shot during the first test match between Sri Lanka and England at Galle International Cricket Stadium.(PTI)

England beats Sri Lanka by 7 wickets in 1st test

AP
PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 11:12 AM IST
  • England ensured it didn't have any more hiccups in erasing the remaining 36 required on the last day after Sri Lanka had set up a tricky 74-run target on a turning wicket.
Close
Australian captain Tim Paine, left, talks with bowler Pat Cummins during play on day three of the fourth cricket test between India and Australia at the Gabba, Brisbane, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)(AP)
Australian captain Tim Paine, left, talks with bowler Pat Cummins during play on day three of the fourth cricket test between India and Australia at the Gabba, Brisbane, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)(AP)

'Why hasn't he done certain things?' Shane Warne on Tim Paine's captaincy

By hindustantimes.com
PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 09:46 AM IST
India vs Australia: Speaking ahead of the play on Day 4 of the Test, Warne said that Paine has not done a few things he should have done as a captain.
Close
Indian supporters wave flags during play on day four of the third cricket test between India and Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)(AP)
Indian supporters wave flags during play on day four of the third cricket test between India and Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)(AP)

India-origin Australian businessman recalls 'ugly and blatant' racism at SCG

By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON JAN 18, 2021 10:49 AM IST
India vs Australia: The Indian cricket team had filed an official complaint of racist taunts directed at some of the players by the fans during the Sydney Test.
Close
File photo of Indian wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant(AP)
File photo of Indian wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant(AP)

Pant sings Hindi version of ‘Spiderman’ song on 4th day of Brisbane Test - WATCH

By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON JAN 18, 2021 05:13 PM IST
On the fourth day of the Brisbane Test, Pant was heard singing “Spiderman… Spiderman”. Soon, the video went viral on social media and left the cricket fans in splits.
Close
File photo of South Africa's Quinton de Kock(Reuters)
File photo of South Africa's Quinton de Kock(Reuters)

Relaxed South Africa happy with security arrangements in Pakistan

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 04:34 PM IST
South Africa will play two tests and three Twenty20 Internationals on their return to Pakistan for the first time since a militant attack on the Sri Lanka team bus in Lahore in 2009 that killed six policemen and two civilians.
Close
Joe Root celebrates his century. (SLC)
Joe Root celebrates his century. (SLC)

Huge captaincy accolade for Joe Root following England's 7-wicket win over SL

By hindustantimes.com, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 18, 2021 04:44 PM IST
  • England's win over Sri Lanka was the 24th of Root's career, which puts him second on England's list of all-time successful Test captains.
Close
India's Mohammed Siraj s congratulated by teammates after taking his fifth wicket during play on day four of the fourth cricket Test between India and Australia at the Gabba, Brisbane(AP)
India's Mohammed Siraj s congratulated by teammates after taking his fifth wicket during play on day four of the fourth cricket Test between India and Australia at the Gabba, Brisbane(AP)

‘I'd like to thank him for showing trust in me’, Siraj thanks India teammate

By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON JAN 18, 2021 03:57 PM IST
After the end of day’s play, the speedster thanked stand-in Indian captain Ajinkya Rahane for being the guiding light
Close
Mohammed Siraj looks up toward the heavens. (Getty Images)
Mohammed Siraj looks up toward the heavens. (Getty Images)

Ind vs Aus: ‘The boy has become a man,’ Sehwag, Bishop hail Mohammed Siraj

By hindustantimes.com, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 03:25 PM IST
  • India vs Australia: Mohammed Siraj, playing only his third Test, finished with 5/73, which made him the first Indian bowler to claim a five-for at the Gabba since Zaheer Khan’s 5/95 in 2003.
Close
SHARE
Story Saved
OPEN APP