Australian all-rounder Shane Watson, poised to return to the national team after a prolonged injury layoff, said Monday that he is willing to bat in any position to help his team bounce back from their poor performance against Pakistan in the ongoing Test series.
Australia lost the two-match Test series 0-2 after losing the first match at Dubai by 221 runs and lost the second match by a mammoth 356 runs on Monday.
They are staring at another defeat in the second game, needing 459 more runs with only six wickets in hand going into the fifth day of the match Monday.
Watson said that he is ready to bat at the crucial No.3 batting slot and the long layoff has given him a new perspective on cricket.
“I just want an opportunity to be able to play again and wherever they want me in the batting order, I’m happy to be a part of the team,” he was quoted as saying by the Sydney Morning Herald.
Watson will play his first game for Australia since April, making a comeback from ankle and calf ailments in Wednesday’s Twenty20 series opening match against South Africa at the Adelaide Oval.
“I am as fresh as I have been for a long, long time. I’m ready to play,” he said.