Sydney: Dropped Australian all-rounder Shane Watson says he has no plans to walk away from cricket and hasn’t given up on a Test recall. (Full Coverage of the Ashes)
The 34-year-old was axed after just one Test of the Ashes campaign against England in favour of young gun Mitchell Marsh after he was twice out lbw cheaply in the opening defeat at Cardiff. (Don’t Cry for Shane Watson, One of Australian Cricket’s Anti-Heroes)
Despite his Test career seemingly over, Watson said he has no plans to retire from international cricket.
“I still feel I have got a lot to give,” he told Sydney’s Daily Telegraph. (Shane Watson Hits Back as Mark Woods’ Bouncer Taunt)
“I still feel I am only getting better and improving in all formats. I am not exactly sure at the moment what my immediate future holds.
“(As long as) I’m still really loving playing and enjoying every single moment and trying to get better every time I play and train, I want to keep playing as long as that’s still there.”
Watson, a 59-Test veteran, added that he had nothing to be bitter about being dropped and admitted the buck stopped with him.
“After the first Test I was very disappointed to miss out but in the end I only have myself to blame,” he said.
“I have been very lucky and fortunate through my career to have plenty of opportunities and I just didn’t score enough runs, it’s as simple as that. In the West Indies and the first (Ashes) Test as well.
“I am just disappointed in myself that I wasn’t able to perform well enough to be part of such an exciting Ashes series.
“I’ll just have to see what happens in the future but in the end the most important thing is that whoever goes out onto the field we put on the best showing we possibly can to get back in the series.”
Australia are 2-1 down in the five-Test series with the fourth Test at Trent Bridge starting on Thursday.