‘Perennially injured’ Watson contemplates quitting bowling to prolong Test career

Sydney: Australia vice-captain Shane Watson is brooding over giving up bowling in Test cricket in order to avoid constantly recurring injuries which have plagued his career in the longest form of the game so far.

The swashbuckling all rounder has been ruled out of the third Test against Sri Lanka in Sydney with yet another calf strain.

Watson has been replaced by Victorian off-spinning all-rounder Glenn Maxwell, while Usman Khawaja is again on standby for Michael Clarke, who continues to feel his dodgy hamstring following Australia’s crushing innings and 201-run victory at the MCG.

Watson also missed the first two Tests of the summer against South Africa with a calf strain and all of the last Test summer with hamstring and calf problems.

Watson said he is frustrated with so many injuries recurring match after match, and added that he would definitely talk to the hierarchy about his future as an all rounder in the team.

The all rounder also added that he wants some continuity in Test matches so that he can improve on his batting.