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Oct 03, 2011 at 11:49pm IST

'Aus board asked us not to bowl Watson'

Chennai: The New South Wales coach Anthony Stuart revealed on Monday that it is under Cricket Australia's instructions that Shane Watson's bowling is being used sparingly in the Champions League T20.

"Shane is just coming off the Test series in Sri Lanka."

"He bowled some good spells down there and probably more in a Test series than he has for quite some time. Shane's had a history of injuries early in his career and we got a direction from Cricket Australia that they didn't want him to bowl," Stuart informed ahead of his team's CLT20 group league match against Chennai Super Kings on Tuesday.

Aus board asked us not to bowl Watson: NSW

Shane Watson's bowling is being used sparingly in the Champions League T20 by NSW Blues.

He further added: "Straight up after this series, they have the series in South Africa and then they're back in Australia to play New Zealand and then India. He's (Watson) going to have a big workload this summer. We don't have any issues with Shane not bowling."

New South Wales, like the Super Kings, need to win the game to qualify for the semi-finals of the Champions League T20 tournament and to this end, he said picking the right combination would be the key.

About that match, Stuart stated that his team has got a gameplan in place to beat defending champions Chennai Super Kings, but it was up to his boys to execute it.

"We have a gameplan and it is up to us as to how we execute it," the Kiwi-born Stuart said.

"The boys been playing to the best of their ability and I'd say it's a good sign for us that we are improving."

"Regardless of what wicket we are provided tomorrow, we have a gameplan and it's up to us how we execute it."

Asked for his assessment of the slow behaviour of the wicket, Stuart said, "I was here two years ago as part of the New Zealand A set-up and it is certainly a lot different pitch to what it was then."

On the chances of playing Nathan Hauritz, the coach quipped, "It will be discussed. We think we have a balanced bowling attack anyway, regardless of whether we play an extra spinner or an extra seamer. It's about executing one ball at a time under pressure and whatever we go with, I think the boys will be comfortable doing that."

As for Phil Hughes getting a chance to play since Daniel Smith has so far failed with the bat, he said, "Look, we've won the last two games and I am against upsetting the balance."

"(Daniel) Smith is a specialist 'keeper. He is the only specialist keeper we have got. I have not seen Phil (Hughes) keep, though I know he has kept. I think it would be unwise to leave out a specialist keeper for a part-timer and one who hasn't kept for about two years in a crunch game like this," Stuart asserted.

He admitted that situation out there is tough.

"It's always a tough situation. The scores from the four innings yesterday were 100, 123, 101 and 111 so it's tough (out) there. The wicket probably helped (the bowlers), stayed slow and low. The new ball, up until last night was probably the easiest to score runs from."

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