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Watson heading back to India cricket tour

18th March, 2013
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18th March, 2013
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Vice-captain Shane Watson is heading back to rejoin the Australian cricket squad in India on Monday.

One of four players suspended from the current third Test in Mohali, Watson returned home to Sydney in time for the birth of his baby son Will last Thursday.

But Cricket Australia has announced he will fly out back to India later on Monday, in time for the fourth Test in Delhi starting on Friday.

Watson was originally expected to return home after the third Test and miss the fourth Test, but his standing down over the homework-gate affair proved a blessing in disguise when his baby was born earlier than had been expected.

When leaving India early last week, a clearly disgruntled Watson declared he would reconsider his Test future.

He was unhappy at being dumped for the third Test when tour management clamped down on lax behaviour in the squad by suspending Watson, Mitchell Johnson, Usman Khawaja and James Pattinson for not supplying feedback when required on how the team could improve after going 2-0 down in the series.

It fuelled more speculation of a rift between Watson and skipper Michael Clarke, which was intensified by comments from Cricket Australia high performance manager Pat Howard.

Howard also added to questions over Watson’s future when he described him as being a team man only “sometimes”.

However, Clarke has since sought to douse that speculation by saying he would like to have his deputy back as soon as possible.

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Now, with Clarke suffering back problems which prevented him from batting on day four of the third Test on Sunday, Watson could even be in line to skipper Australia in the fourth Test should the leader not recover sufficiently.