Watson hits back at Wood’s ‘net hero’ claims


Australia allrounder Shane Watson has hit back at claims that he called England fast bowler Mark Wood a 'net hero', saying he could not even remember the incident.

Durham paceman Wood said he bowled at the Australia team in a training session on their 2009 Ashes tour and was instructed by Watson's former team-mate Mike Hussey to bowl bouncers at the burly right-hander.

Watson was not amused and allegedly called Wood a 'net hero' and asked if would like to have some of his own medicine. Ahead of the upcoming Ashes series, Watson could not recall the incident.

Speaking to the BBC in a radio interview, Watson said: "Up until this morning I couldn't remember it all. It was quite some time ago and I've had quite a few net sessions since then. So it's not something that really stands out.

Wood told Radio 5 earlier this week that he would have a go at Watson and pepper him with the short ball in the Test matches.

The 25 year-old Wood has also said he is ready for whatever the Aussie throw at him in the five-matches., and Watson is keen to test the paceman when it comes to his batting.

Watson continued: "I've seen what he (Wood) has been able to do against New Zealand and how he bowls. If I manage to score a few runs in this next tour match with Essex, he might have the chance to have another go at me in the Tests.

"It will be interesting to see how he bats because we have a couple of guys who bowl at decent pace as well who bowl fast bouncers! He's obviously got a lot of confidence and is sure about himself."

The first Ashes Test takes place on 8 July in Cardiff.