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Clarke expects Watson for Delhi Test
Mohali (PTI): Despite a miffed Shane Watson contemplating quitting Test cricket, Australian captain Michael Clarke on Wednesday expressed hope that...
Mohali (PTI): Despite a miffed Shane Watson contemplating quitting Test cricket, Australian captain Michael Clarke on Wednesday expressed hope that the vice-captain would return to India for the fourth and final Test in Delhi. Meanwhile, he expressed optimism of doing well at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium here despite it being "similar" to the Chennai and Hyderabad tracks. But the green cover of grass has been shaved over the last couple of days. The pitch here has been the subject of discussion over the last few days.A Despite Mohali's tradition of offering sporting tracks, he said he was not surprised to see a different surface this time around. "It's not surprising at all. I have played in Mohali in the past but that's how it is in international cricket," he said, referring to the departure from the past as far as the pitch here was concerned. There is also one positive that we have played on similar tracks in the last two games, have learnt from the experience," he said. Looking ahead, he said that he had spoken to Watson over the phone after the latter landed in Sydney. and the skipper said it would be the best-case scenario for Australia if Watson could return in time for the final Test in Delhi, which starts on March 22.A "I think Watto has made it clear to everybody that that's something he's thinking about while he's home. Clarke refused to get involved in the debate, saying he was sure Watson and Howard must be communicating with each other back home.A "I'm not going to get into that. I don't think it's fair to Watto and I don't think it's fair to Pat that I get involved in that," Clarke said.