Sydney - All-rounder Shane Watson is set to
return home from the Champions League Twenty20 in South Africa amid
fears of burnout and a lack of activity in the longer form of the game,
Cricket Australia said Monday.
CA boss James Sutherland said
Watson's situation was being monitored closely ahead of the Test series
with the top-ranked South Africans, which begins on November 9.
said he expected the key player to return home this week to give him a
rest and possibly have a four-day Sheffield Shield game for New South
Wales, before tackling South Africa in the opening Brisbane Test.
are reviewing his load and circumstance very closely ... I think it's
reasonably well known that it's likely he won't see the (Champions
League) tournament out," he said.
"We're concerned about Shane.
His injury record is unfortunate and what that tells us is that we need
to monitor him and manage him very carefully and we are."
made a dashing 46 for the Sydney Sixers T20 side against the Chennai
Super Kings in Johannesburg in the Champions League on Sunday, and will
travel to Cape Town to face Yorkshire on Tuesday before he is expected
to fly home.
The 31-year-old has been prolific for Australia with
the bat and ball in all formats of cricket together with being a star of
the Indian Premier League.
"I don't know the specifics but the priority will be for him to get himself right as possible," Sutherland said.
"That's one, to give him a little bit of a break, then give him a little bit of therapy and whatever else he needs.
then also to really focus on getting him right to play Test cricket
which he hasn't played for a long time and give him the opportunity to
play a Shield game and at least play with the red ball," the CA chief
"He's a fantastic player ... he's the sort of player who can win series and certainly win Test matches for Australia."