Watson ready to pave way for Symonds into the Test side

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Melbourne, Nov 16 (UNI) Shane Watson has said he would have no problems in making way for Andrew Symonds in the side if a situation arises where Australia can play only one of the two all-rounders in the Test series against New Zealand this week.

Watson earned his place in the side after he proved himself time and again and also performed for the Australia both with the ball and bat in the recent series against India.

But he got his opportunity only after Symonds was suspended from the team for his 'go-fishing' episode.

But Symonds has been recalled into the Test side for the upcoming home series against Kiwis and the selectors have found themselves in an akward situation where they can include just one of the two all-rounders.

''If Roy (Andrew Symonds) gets a spot, he bloody deserves it, he's been a great player for a number of years,'' Watson was quoted as saying by 'Sunday Telegraph'.

''I wouldn't feel hard done by, no way. I'm realistic of where I'm at. I'm still only 27, so I know I've got a lot of really good cricket in front of me.

''Roy definitely deserves an opportunity whenever he's ready to go. He's performed so well in some tough times for Australia and you can't take that away from him,'' he added.

Watson is also aware of the fact that if Symonds gets a call, it would cost him his place but the all-rounder said he does not worry about selctions any more and added that somewhere down the line he will get his chance.

''What happened to Roy on the Darwin tour gave me another opportunity to have a crack at Test cricket, so that's the roundabouts of professional sport,'' Watson said.

''I used to worry about (selection) a lot when I was younger and probably put too much pressure on myself.

''Now I'm just enjoying every minute of playing. Hopefully I get another opportunity. Whether it's now or in a couple of years, who knows? I know if and when I do get another opportunity I'm going to give it everything I've got,'' he stated.

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