SYDNEY: Australia all-rounder Shane Watson has expressed confidence that he would fully recover from his abdominal injury and be eligible for selection for the ICC World T20, starting early next month.
The mega-event is scheduled to be held in India from March 8 to April 3.
Watson is one of four members of Australia’s 15-man squad for the World T20 currently on the sidelines due to injury, with Aaron Finch, James Faulkner and Nathan Coulter-Nile also looking to get back to full fitness.
The 34-year-old flew home from the UAE, where he was playing in the Pakistan Super League (PSL), after suffering the injury. He underwent scans and said he should be ready in another couple of weeks.
“It’s going to take me a couple of weeks to get back into batting and bowling,” Watson was quoted as saying by Cricket Australia website today.
“It’s not major. We got it before it did too much damage. We’d played three matches in three days (for Islamabad). I tried to bowl a slower ball but put too many revs on it and it twinged a bit. I’m very confident I’ll be right for the World Cup,” he said.
“That’s still three or four weeks away. This sort of injury, it’s not a huge injury. It’s not like a side strain or anything like that. If everything goes to plan, I’ll be right,” he added.