Watson looks to step in Symonds' shoes

Updated: 09 September 2008 06:48 IST

With Andrew Symonds certain to miss the tour of India, Watson hopes to make the most of the all-rounder's spot.

Watson looks to step in Symonds' shoes

Melbourne:

With Andrew Symonds certain to miss next month's tour of India, Australian Shane Watson is confident of filling in the void of an all-rounder for the four-match Test series.

Watson last wore the baggy green in 2005 and has a strong chance to reclaim a Test spot for the series in India.

Watson's career has been littered with injuries but the all-rounder said he is fully fit and raring to go for the tour.

"I've made such amazing inroads with my fitness," Watson was quoted as saying in The Herald Sun.

"The most important change is that I'm not over-training these days. I have realised that you don't lose your talent in a day and I don't keep training any more just for the sake of it."

Watson was a revelation in the Indian Premier League where he emerged as the player of tournament with 472 runs and 17 wickets for Shane Warne's victorious Rajasthan Royals.

The IPL success brought him back to the one-day fold in June when Matthew Hayden was forced home from the tour of the Caribbean because of injury.

Regardless of the Symonds situation, Watson would have been named in the squad to tour India as a back-up allrounder. But Symonds absence will give him an unexpected chance to re-establish himself at the top level.

Watson will return from a broken toe in Wednesday's one-dayer against Bangladesh in Darwin.



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