Shane Watson savours Australia return after most of Ashes on sidelines

Returning Australian all-rounder Shane Watson has expressed his delight at earning selection for the one-day series against England after being overlooked for most of the Ashes.

Watson has kept a reclusive public profile since being dropped after the first Ashes Test. Since then, he had periodically released videos documenting how he was coping being outside Australia’s first-choice team while still having to remain with the squad in England.

“It’s been a tough couple of weeks, one after us, the Australian team, losing the Ashes, but also not really playing a part, apart from the first Test here in Cardiff, in which unfortunately I didn’t score enough runs and perform well enough to stay in the side, said Watson, who until the second Test of the Ashes was a stalwart for Australia in all formats.

“The last time we played a game for the limited-overs side was the World Cup final, so we’re excited to get back out there . . . I really can’t wait to be able to get out there and have some fun,” said Watson, 34, to unscriptd杭州夜网m.

“Fingers crossed it goes well well over the next couple of weeks in England, we’re able to win the one-day series, and hopefully personally I am able to put in a good performances as well. I can’t wait,” he said.

Marcus Stoinis, who is set to make his international debut in Monday night’s Twenty20 fixture against England, has not played in the Big Bash League since February 2014, having missed all of last season’s tournament due to injury. He was an unused member of Delhi’s squad in this year’s IPL.

“I played in the under-19 World Cup with Stoinis in Malaysia in 2008 . . . and he’s certainly come a long way. He’s improved every year,” said captain Steve Smith.

“He’s thrown up good performances first of all for WA then moving over to Victoria it was a big move for him. He’s put the numbers on the board and thoroughly deserves an opportunity here tomorrow.”

Former captain George Bailey, spinner Ashton Agar, batsman Joe Burns and fast-bowler James Pattinson were the players to miss selection for the match.

Smith also confirmed Queensland leg-spinner Cameron Boyce, selected only in the Twenty20 squad, would play on Monday, in what will be his fifth match for Australia since debuting late last year.

“There’s a T20 world cup coming up in not too long, so we need these guys to play as much as they can. He performed really well for us in our one-off T20 we played in the UAE [against Pakistan] and I’m sure he’s looking forward to playing out here tomorrow.”

“He’s got a lot of skill, got a lot of variation. It’s going to be a good test for him bowling out here, with the short, straight boundaries and the short boundary on one side. I’m really looking forward to seeing how he goes.”

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