Watson hopeful of a return after groin injury

SHANE Watson provided the only good news in Australia's draw with the England Lions - he's hoping to bowl in the final Test at The Oval this week.

The big Queenslander did not bowl against the Lions after suffering a groin injury during the fourth Test, but it did not trouble his batting, top-scoring with 45 in what was another disappointing batting performance from the Aussies.

Australia scored six for 227 in reply to the Lions seven for 269 with Usman Khawaja (4), Steve Smith (18), Phil Hughes (30), and Ed Cowan (17), doing little to enhance their chances of playing in the Test.

Khawaja, the incumbent No.3 batted at six, with Hughes at three, Watson not about to speculate on on potential changes to the order for the fifth Test.

"I'm a ring-in captain so I have no idea, absolutely none," he said. "I know not to interpret things. It might get me into trouble."

If Hughes does replace Khawaja at three, he would be the third player to bat there in the series after Cowan did it at Trent Bridge.

No Aussie has made a hundred in the spot since Shaun Marsh - 48 Test innings ago in 2011.


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