Shane Watson returned to action with a real bang as he hit a sensational century to help the Aussies secure a series-clinching victory against West Indies. Chasing 330 for victory, the Windies fell 39 runs short as Australia took an unassailable 3-0 series lead.
The batsman, returning to the side after a four-week injury lay-off, set Australia on the right track with a well-crafted 122 from 111 balls, taking his time to settle back into his rhythm before really taking the West Indian bowlers to the cleaners with some typically ruthless stroke-play to finish with 12 fours and two giant maximums.
Australia captain, Michael Clarke, heaped praise on Watson for his man-of-the-match performance, admitting to the sports betting news that it was a huge boost to the team to have the influential all-rounder back in the fold.
"Shane Watson led from the front. Good wickets and fast outfields help, but it doesn't matter how flat the wicket is if you're facing good bowling, you've got to hit the ball sweetly and he (Watson) did that from the first ball.
"Watto is a very good player and it's great to see him back to his best,” added Clarke.
Watson’s return to the one-day side may be important but the real question will be whether or not he will manage to stay injury-free in the run-up to the Ashes.
While the cricket betting news seems to be writing Australia’s chances off ahead of the upcoming Ashes, Shane Watson remains as one of the few current players that England will be extremely wary of.
Having the 31-year old fully fit and in-form will be essential to any hope Clarke’s men will have when they arrive on English soil later this year.