Sydney, Mar 15 (ANI): Australian all rounder Shane Watson has downplayed his retirement talks and is considering making himself available for the final Test match in Delhi as well as Ashes after becoming father for the first time.
On Monday, an emotional Watson made the surprise claim he would consider quitting Test cricket as he came to terms with his gut-wrenching suspension for failing to take part in a peer review of Australia's performance in India, the Herald Sun reports,
The paper reported that Watson will not walk away before the Ashes and will take the first steps towards atonement by considering a return to India next week to prepare for the final Test in Delhi.
Watson was taken aback by CA high-performance chief Pat Howard's suggestion he is only a team player sometimes, but the 31-year-old's professional relationship with Howard, and his views on Australia's new cultural regime, have not degenerated to the point where he would seriously pull the pin on his international career, the paper said.
Sources close to Watson claim he is leaning towards playing in the fourth Test, and he is likely to stay with wife Lee and their newborn son, Will, for three or four days, which would still give him time to be on deck for the final Test in Delhi, the paper added.
While Michael Clarke has been forced to deny a rift exists with Watson, the Australian skipper has guaranteed his deputy will reclaim his spot for the fourth Test if he decides to play as expected.
Such is Clarke's hope Watson will return, the tourists have not formally named a vice-captain for the third Test at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, the paper further said. (ANI)