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Watson fit to share bowling workload

Reuters
Nov 28, 2012 at 03:20pm IST

Perth: Australia's Shane Watson has declared himself fit for both batting and bowling duties in the third and final test against South Africa beginning in Perth on Friday. The all-rounder missed the first two drawn tests of the series in Brisbane and Adelaide with a calf injury but was named in the squad for the final match.

"Over the last week I have gradually built up my bowling and my running," said Watson on Wednesday. "I am up to bowling as many overs as Michael (Clarke) wants, the normal workload I have in a test." The 31-year-old was deemed fit to play as a specialist batsman in the second test but Australia opted to give him a chance to regain full fitness.

"The decision to miss the last test was a good one in hindsight because it gave me the best chance to bowl well here," he said. "I understand (bowling a lot of overs) could be a possibility for me ... but in the end my body is in the condition to do it.

Watson fit to share bowling workload in Perth

The all-rounder missed the first two drawn tests of the series in Brisbane and Adelaide with a calf injury.

"I'm certainly fresh compared to some of the other guys who have been out there, so my body should be right," he added.

Australia need a victory at the WACA to return to the number one spot after a gap of more than three years, while a third draw would keep South Africa as the world's top side in the longest form of the game.

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