16 Nov 2012

Watson included in Australia's second test squad

6:51 pm on 16 November 2012

Australia's named Shane Watson in a 13-man squad for the second cricket test against South Africa in Adelaide next week, but there's no guarantee he'll be fit.

Watson, the vice captain Watson was ruled out of the drawn first test in Brisbane with a calf injury.

He was replaced by Rob Quiney who slotted in at number three and scored nine in his test debut.

Quiney's been retained in the squad but selector John Inverarity said another opportunity might be offered to a developing player if Watson isn't fit.

The Michael Clarke-captained side also retained spinner Nathan Lyon, but also added paceman Mitchell Starc in what appears to be an each-way bet for Adelaide Oval's traditionally batsman-friendly wicket.

Australia's selection panel, which includes Clarke, raised eyebrows earlier this week by suggesting Watson would only be picked if he were fit enough to bowl, effectively saying his batting did not rank in Australia's top six.