Shane Watson fighting to be fit for first Test but might only line-up as batsman
Shane Watson is confident he will play in the first Ashes Test in Brisbane but might be involved as a batsman.
Last Updated: 14/11/13 3:10pm
The Australia all-rounder has been struggling with a hamstring injury he sustained on the tour of India and is undergoing dry-needle acupuncture to try and speed up the recovery process.
Watson, 32, has constantly been troubled by his hamstrings in recent seasons but he is back running ahead of a return to batting practice in Brisbane on Friday, when he will be joined by captain Michael Clarke among others.
"(I feel) Decent, but it just depends, if I keep progressing the way I am then that's definitely going to be an option I think," he said when asked about the chance of playing solely as a batsman.
"It really does depend on pushing the limit to make sure I'm ready to go as a batsman and maybe a bowler, but I'm not risking it to have a chance of reinjuring it and it puts me out for batting as well.
"It's just trying to find that balance, I'm going to talk to Alex and Darren and Michael as well and see what their thoughts are. At the moment it's progressing well so if I were to bowl I think it would be more a bonus.
"It's an aggressive dry needling technique our doctor has brought in to get me back on the park quicker and release the tension that builds up in my muscles.
"It's certainly not that enjoyable but it's making a huge difference in maintaining my body but also getting me back when I have little niggles and little hiccups like I have recently."
Watson also conceded England come into the tour with bowling resources that any Test team would be happy with, even before they make the decision over who takes the final seamers berth out of Chris Tremlett, Steven Finn and Boyd Rankin.
"It's going to be interesting to see the make-up especially that last bowling spot for England," he added.
"They've got a number of really good options. Tremlett, he did really well here when he came over in the last Ashes series, and Finn everyone sort of knows what he provides.
"It's going to be interesting to see which way they go, but knowing they've got Stuart Broad and Jimmy Anderson as well as Graeme Swann, it's a lot of guys with experience and world class bowlers so it's a good starting point for them."