Shane Watson will lead Australia in a practice match against England Lions starting from Friday at Northampton. Captain Michael Clarke and his deputy Brad Haddin are being rested.
Watson, who previously gave up the post of vice-captain, is not a certain to play the final Ashes Test due to his unimpressive form. He however, will be marshaling a jaded touring party against England Lions, reports The Australian.
Australia trail England 3-0 in the ongoing series and the onus will now be upon Watson to prove his mettle and lead a side in which several players are either looking to create a mark or just survive and retain their position in the playing XI. Watson will only bat and not bowl as he is recovering from a groin injury sustained during the fourth Test at Durham.