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Injured Watson bullish about quick return to playing field

October 27, 2011 - Durban

Australian cricket vice-captain Shane is desperate to contest Friday's one-day series decider in Durban, despite suffering back spasms in game two on Sunday.

Watson also said he still intended to play in next week's four-day tour match against South Africa A and had given no thought to scaling back his all-round duties in the two-Test series which follows.

Watson was barely able to move in the dressing rooms after the back spasms stopped him mid-over on Sunday, and that injury followed a hip strain that ruled him out of the previous two tour matches.

The Sydney Morning Herald quoted him, as saying: "Playing a lot isn't something that over the last couple of years I ever thought I was going to be able to do."

Watson said: "So in the end it's just continual management to be able to try and stay on top of things. When I'm playing so much it means I am pushing my body all the time, so there's a chance little things can pop up and unfortunately it's been two things together over the last week or so. But they haven't been major things. I've just got to continue to stay on top of my general management and hope we can get on top of these things pretty quickly."

Team physio Alex Kountouris has been working hard with Watson to release the effects of the spasm from his back in time for Friday's match.

"Definitely, it's a huge match in the scheme of things, so no doubt I'm desperate to get back to be able to play," Watson said.

He said the latest injuries had not made him consider asking captain Michael Clarke for a move down the Test batting order from opener.

"The plan is to hopefully be able to recover over the next couple of days and that means that it won't really affect my Test preparation at all," he said.


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