Melbourne, Nov 5 (ANI): Australia's vice captain Shane Watson, who has been ruled out of the Gabba Test due to calf injury, can continue being the world's most lucrative all-rounder and risk his Test career or quit bowling and build a legacy, according to a leading Australian daily.
Given his chronic injury history, raises the issue of whether Watson's fragile fitness was compromised for money by allowing him to play in the Champions League for the Sydney Sixers, The Sydney Morning Herald said.
Australia's team hierarchy did not want Watson playing this Twenty20 competition in South Africa but the Sixers had invested in him on the basis that he would be available.
Following the announcement of the Test team a week ago Watson spoke with conviction about how much cricket meant to him and how he needs to build on just two centuries from 35 Tests, the paper reports.
"That's the thing I've been really looking deep inside myself to be able to find the reasons why I haven't been able to convert those decent days into those really big and good days," Watson said at the time.
He has been desperately unlucky with injuries through the whole of his career but Watson's soul-searching will be ever deeper today as he ponders advice first given to him five years ago, the paper said.
"There's nothing more we can do for you....Maybe it's time you gave up bowling," is the first line of Watson's autobiography, released late last year. (ANI)