Shane Watson faces tougher competition for Test recall, says Michael Clarke

Clarke believes Watson is as good as any player in the world and said his team will help him get back to his best.

updated: February 05, 2013 14:03 IST
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Melbourne: Shane Watson's return to Test cricket during the upcoming four-Test series against India will be tough as he faces competition from a much bigger pool of players by deciding to play as a batsman rather than an allrounder, Australian skipper Michael Clarke said.

Watson, who was named the T20 International Player of the Year at the Allan Border Medal ceremony last night, is set to make a comeback to international cricket as a batsman in the third ODI against West Indies at Canberra on Wednesday after spending a month on the sidelines due to a calf injury.

One of the best allrounders, Watson has decided not to bowl for the time being as it has typically been his bowling that has caused many injury problems for the 31-year-old over the years.

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