Watson rearing to unleash all-round game against Proteas

Sydney: Australian vice captain Shane Watson has confirmed that he would return to bowling in Cape Town for the first of two T20 fixtures against South Africa.

Following a request from Cricket Australia to rest his body during the recent Champions League, Watson was kept out of the bowling attack entirely.

With the bat, Watson made just 75 runs in five innings for NSW and, according to the 30-year-old, the run of outs was no coincidence.

Watson is adamant playing as an all-rounder gives balance to his psyche and he`s hoping he can return to form by putting energy into both areas of his game.

"It reinforced to me exactly the reason why I love being an all-rounder because in games, you don`t always have a good game, and if you`ve got two opportunities to have a decent game, it puts your mind to rest a little bit more," he said.

"If something`s not going exactly how you want it to ... normally being an all-rounder you can still make a big contribution to the team`s performance. That was something I was frustrated with," he added.

The opening batsman struggled with continuous injury problems early in his career but said with the occasional pit-stop like at the Champions League, he`s relishing the chance to play as much cricket as possible.

"I had to change a number of things with my body to give myself the chance to play consistently and now I`m loving the opportunity to play as much as I can because I had probably about six years where I didn`t really play that much. Now I`m trying to make the most of every game I can play ... because in the end I know how quickly it can get taken away," he added.


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