Watson avoids over training to keep injuries away

Updated: Mar 09, 2011, 18:40 PM IST

Bangalore: Having seen his career plagued by one injury after another, Australian cricketer Shane Watson has decided not to over exert himself to keep injuries at bay ahead of their World Cup match against Kenya.

The injury-prone all-rounder is well aware of just how much is too much for his body.

"I am very conscious about the amounts I have to train because of my previous issues. I just do enough to make sure I`m in a decent place going into the game, but in the end making sure I`m fresh going into the game rather than over training," said Watson.

The Australian has endured injuries such as back stress fractures, hamstring strains, calf injuries and a dislocated shoulder at various points during his nine-year-old international career.

Watson is enjoying the challenge of opening the innings for Australia, the position left vacant after the retirement of fellow Queenslander Matthew Hayden.

"I love opening the batting. It does suit me and my personality now," said Watson, who scored 79 and 62 in their wins over Zimbabwe and New Zealand respectively.

He is happy to be back in India, the country where three years ago, he got used to the rigours of Test cricket.

"It was a big turning point to know that my body could actually get through Test cricket for four Tests back-to-back here and to be able to bowl a significant amount. As an athlete, to be able to get through a series like I did here was definitely a big achievement," he said.

Watson said his workload has become a lot easier as bowler with the pace trio of Shaun Tait, Brett Lee and left-armer Mitchell Johnson doing the job.

"It definitely makes my job as a bowler a fair bit easier as well with those guys bowling as beautifully as they are at the moment. And my bowling workload`s been continually well managed, I`ve been able to get through 18 months now (almost completely without injuries)," he added.

PTI