24 Mar 2010

Ponting sweating on Watson's fitness

7:33 am on 24 March 2010

The Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting says he's sweating on the fitness of all-rounder Shane Watson for Saturday's second and final Test against New Zealand in Hamilton.

Watson missed Australia's 10-wicket win at the Basin Reserve with a thigh strain and was replaced by opener Phillip Hughes who hit a dashing 86 not out from 75 deliveries to wrap up the first test yesterday.

Ponting says Hughes is an exciting player, but Watson's all-round talents add to the side's balance especially with his pace bowling.

The Australians travel to Hamilton today and will train at Seddon Park tomorrow and Friday.