Suspended all-rounder, Shane Watson has cleared the air by dismissing all the speculations about his possible retirement from Test cricket. He stated that he has a burning desire to play longest version of the team for Australia, and will return after serving
a one-match ban.
Watson was suspended for not complying with the team order. He and three others players were asked to make a special presentation after Australia’s terrible show in the opening two games.
Usman Khawaja, Mitchell Johnson, James Pattinson and Watson were suspended for not doing the job assigned by the coach Mickey Arthur. The all-rounder, in particular, questioned the punishment and there were serious rumours that he is going to say good bye
to Test cricket.
The 31-year-old although said that he would think of making a decision, but has no immediate plans to take retirement. He stated in a Cricket Australia statement on Monday morning:
"I’ve had several constructive discussions with team management back in Mohali over the past few days. We’ve spoken about how we are going to work together to move forward, as Australia attempts to climb back to the top of the ICC rankings. I’ve a burning
ambition to be an Australian Test player for as long as I can be and help Australia win those big Test series’ as well as the big ICC tournaments."
"I have also had a number of chats with Pat Howard over the last week and we are both now on the same page and are really looking forward to working together to get Australia to be the best team in the world. I’m looking forward to getting around the boys
again and concentrating on moving forward. I’m entirely committed to the team and being the best player I can be," Watson added.
The Kangaroos have shown some improvement after being hammered in the first two encounters. The third Test is highly likely to end in draw. But it will be interesting to see how the side performs in the fourth and final game. Although they have no chance
in the series, they will play the final game to redeem respect and pride.