Cricket World Cup 2015

Watson plays on despite friend's death

2015-02-28 09:56
Shane Watson (William West, AFP)

Auckland - Struggling Australian all-rounder Shane Watson will play on at the World Cup clash as he continues to mourn the death of one of his closest friends who lost his battle with cancer this week.

Paul Hutchison, a former fast bowler for South Australia and Tasmania, died from cancer in Brisbane on Friday, aged just 47, the Sydney Daily Telegraph reported.

Watson and Hutchison played junior cricket for Brisbane club Redlands and while he was in the city last week for the washed-out World Cup game against Bangladesh, 33-year-old Watson made several visits to Hutchison's bedside.

That included one in the hours after the game was cancelled.

"Watson was left upset by Hutchison's physical condition and told teammates how life had really been put in perspective," reported the Telegraph.

Watson was out for nought in the win over England on February 14 but skipper Michael Clarke backing the veteran to return to form.

"I think 'Watto' has certainly acknowledged that he would like to make runs as much as anybody. I wouldn't be surprised if you see him walk out there and make an important hundred for us," said Clarke.

*Watson made 23 as New Zealand beat Australia on Saturday

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