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I miss bowling during first Test: Watson

Shane Watson has realised he can never give up bowling completely in his career after watching his teammates getting butchered by the Indian batsmen during the first Test, which left the Australian all-rounder with a temptation to start rolling his arms over again.

Ravaged by injuries, Watson had commitment to playing only as a batsman on his comeback during the four-Test series, but with the Aussies struggling to contain the hosts, he is itching to bowl again.

‘That was a time that reaffirmed to me that I do want to bowl,’ Watson was quoted as saying by a cricket website.

‘That was a time where if I hadn’t have made the decision not to bowl for this tour that I could have had some input on the game at a crucial time in the match. That to me was the first time over the last month since I came back that I missed bowling.

‘The decision I made is more a longer-term decision to get some running and conditioning into my legs, so when I start bowling again, my body has more chance of handling it.

‘I do appreciate the decision but it certainly reaffirmed to me that I’m never going to give up bowling.

It excites me having some input on the game, especially when what I do could have an influence on a certain part of the game in crucial times,’ he added.  


WATSON PITCHES FOR AGGRESSION

The Australians need to play their aggressive brand of cricket and be at their absolute best if they are to beat India in the second Test match, visiting all-rounder Shane Watson said. Watson, who is featuring in the team only as a batsman these days, said their side is determined to do well after suffering a heavy defeat in the series-opener in Chennai. ‘We need to win this Test match. We need to be certainly at our absolute best to beat India. They played very well in the first Test. Ashwin bowled beautifully in those conditions and M S Dhoni batted unbelievably well.’ ‘We need to play our aggressive brand of cricket where we are best as a team. We need to find a way to make sure that we play that brand of cricket.’
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