Watson: My best years are ahead of me

Australia all-rounder Shane Watson is on the brink of a return to the T20 side after a long injury lay-off, and hopes to do enough against South Africa to get back into the side in the other formats too.

Watson has been out for three months with various injuries, including his troublesome calf muscle, but hopes that the selectors will still see value in him, even though they are reluctant to pick him as a pure batsman or bowler.

Watson, at age 33, said on the Cricket Australia website on Tuesday: “I feel like I’ve still got my best years in front of me.

“For everything that I’ve been through and learnt in every aspect of my life – not just the cricket perspective – I feel like I’ve only got my best years in front of me, to be totally honest.

“Every time I get injured I learn a little bit more about my body. This three-four month break that I’ve had has just been a perfect time to really, really freshen up.

“It’s the most excited I reckon I’ve ever been to get out there and play cricket, because I feel like I’m only going to get better, and hopefully that’s the way it works out.”

Watson recognised that the depth of all-rounders in the ranks would make his comeback difficult, adding: “I think Australian cricket’s in great hands with the all-rounders that are coming through.

“Hopefully I can keep performing well in all formats of the game.

“If it doesn’t work out that way, then we’ve certainly got some great all-rounders with Mitch Marsh and also Jimmy Faulkner, who’s as talented (as Marsh) with both bat and ball.

“So I know we’re very lucky to have those guys coming through, but hopefully I can keep them at bay for a few more years.”