Calcutta: Shane Watson is likely to return for the final Test in New Delhi, and will also make himself available for the Ashes.
Last 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.
Watson was also taken aback by CA high-performance chief Pat Howard’s suggestion he is only a team player “sometimes”. But now with Howard extending an olive branch, his wife giving birth to a boy and Michael Clarke claiming that he still holds the post of the vice-captain, Watson seems to have cooled on the retirement threats.
Sources close to Watson say he is leaning towards playing in the fourth Test. 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, which begins next Friday.
Clarke was hopeful of Watson return and the visitors have not formally named a vice-captain for the third Test in Mohali.