Shane Watson faces stiffer competition for Test recall: Michael Clarke

Shane Watson

He has batted in many positions in the past two years, right as an opener in November 2011 on the tour of South Africa, to filling in the No.3 spot and then the No.4 slot which was vacated by Ricky Ponting in December. On his comeback, Watson knows he can't be a chooser but he still desires to return to the opening position in Test cricket at some point.

"At this point in time it is purely as a batsman and wherever I fit in," Watson said of his role in the Test side.

"It's been something that I've been thinking about for a long period of time, especially over the last 12 months, when things haven't gone exactly to plan with my body.

"Hopefully I can just get some continuity with my batting over the next few months and then slowly build into getting some bowling under my belt."

Watson said ideally he would love to contribute with the bat and the ball during the Ashes series but he knows it is still a long way to go.

"The perfect world for me would be making sure I'm able to bowl and contribute with the ball during the Ashes. I know that's looking a long way forward, but even just physically to be able to give myself a chance to get to that is a dream for me at the moment."

Since his debut in international cricket against South Africa at Centurion in 2002, Watson had to make his way back into the team many times after multiple injuries and he said it is one of the hardest thing to do.

"One of the hardest things about being injured is coming back and trying to find form as quick as you possibly can," said Watson, who has played 38 Tests of a possible 89, in his career so far.

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