• "My style of bowling suits Indian conditions and I'm happy to bowl a particular length and bowl wicket to wicket," says Australia's Shane Watson.

    Doug Bollinger was out of breath after a session with the medicine ball when Stuart Karpinnen, the physical trainer, threw him a sandbag and ordered three sets of squats. A newcomer in the Australian team, the paceman was going through all the drills with great intensity even as Shane Watson walked past him with a huge grin on his face. "Well done," he quipped.

    Watson, after all, knows a thing or two about heavy training - both its benefits and the risks attached with overdoing it.

    Now a replacement for Andrew Symonds, he was the obvious first choice all-rounder before frequent breakdowns kept him out of action. "It's a long story," Watson said after Thursday's training session. "How much time have you got?" he asks.

    "During my initial years, no matter how hard I trained, I never used to let go until I was completely satisfied that I got

    Read More »from Australia determined to win, says Watson
  • It has become the biggest challenge for Australian cricketers to play and win a series against India, says Australian all-rounder Shane Watson. Sept. 25: Simon Katich’s two Test hundreds in the Caribbean make him the likely candidate to take over the wayward Andrew Symonds’ slot in the starting line-up, but fit-again all-rounder Shane Watson who is on the comeback trail is a tempting prospect.

     

    Watson’s career has been riddled with injuries and despite being on the international scene for six years, he has played only three Tests. Now, having established himself as a one-day and Twenty20 specialist, he wants to translate his success in the shorter formats of the game in the Test arena.

     

    And by the looks of it, he’s all fired up. "What my bowling does give is a bit of impact, especially more so on the fourth and fifth day of a Test when I know I can come in, give it all I’ve got and have a bit of a crack," Watson said here on Thursday. "It definitely will help the team if I do get an

    Read More »from Symonds’ absence won’t hurt: Watson
  • "I know I'm not going to get picked or dropped because of how many runs I score or don't score in this tournament. I'm not trying to make any statements, I just want to play," says Sourav Ganguly in an interview to The Indian Express.

    After a long workout in the gym, a washed out Sourav Ganguly drops on the sofa and points at the pouring rain through the glass window. "I came from Kolkata to escape this, and look what I've found here. These definitely aren't good days for me," he says with a laugh.

     

    Spending the afternoon at the five-star hotel wasn't what Ganguly had in mind when he surprised every one, including the local organisers, by asking for a slot in the annual JP Attray one-day tournament in Chandigarh this week.

     

    Ganguly and Punjab have developed a strange relationship of late. On a cold, misty day almost two years ago, he had inspired Bengal to victory in a Ranji Trophy match at Mohali in front of a few thousand fans who were strangely cheering for the former India

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