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Shane Watson sure he's fit to bowl in second Ashes Test

Shane Watson is adamant he can be relied upon to shoulder more of the bowling workload on a flat Adelaide deck with Australia's four front-line bowlers likely to need plenty of back-up for the second Test.

Watson didn't bowl in the first innings at the Gabba and bowled just two overs in the second, while Steve Smith delivered just four overs of his leg-spin during the emphatic win.

As Cricket Australia ponders how best to manage the workload of its quick bowlers - there are just three days separating the second and third Tests - Watson said he was physically fit enough to make a greater contribution with the ball.

''There's no doubt there's a plan for me to bowl a few more overs,'' Watson told Fairfax Media.

''We certainly got lucky to be able to bowl England out in about 50 overs in both innings. It doesn't mean it will happen again on a flat wicket in Adelaide. It could mean I need to bowl a few more overs and I should be ready to go. I'll be able to bowl the overs Michael [Clarke] needs me to throughout the next Test match and through the rest of the series as well.''

A hamstring injury prevented Watson from playing in the Sheffield Shield game prior to the opening Test, while all Australian players were rested from domestic duty leading into the Adelaide encounter.


''We've got a really good balance with our bowlers at this point in time. If we're able to go up 2-0 after Adelaide it puts us in a very good position,'' Watson said.

While Clarke's exchange with English paceman James Anderson reignited the sledging debate, Watson said there would always be exchanges between the traditional rivals.

''There's always a lot of banter and that's the great thing about playing against the English,'' Watson said at a promotional visit at the ASICS store at Sydney's Queen Victoria Building - along with Dave Warner, Steve Smith and Mitchell Starc - on Saturday.

''It means so much to them to win the Ashes and it means so much to us as well after not winning the Ashes for the last three series. I'm sure that will continue because it means so much to us.

''In the end it's always played in a hard, fair spirit. There's no doubt everyone knows where the lines are and we're doing everything we possibly can not to cross those lines. We're certainly going to continue to play very hard cricket.''

But the 32-year-old said he felt for English batsman Jonathan Trott, who left the tour to deal with a stress-related illness.

''You never want any professional sportsman to be in that position where they feel they need to have a break to be able to get on top of things,'' he said. ''There's no doubt that every professional sportsman - and I know I've been through it in certain times of my career through injury and form - that it gets pretty tough at times to be able to find how you get through those times.

''In England I was very lucky to have my family with me. It probably makes it a bit harder for the English guys who don't have their family out with them.'' Watson, who expected Ian Bell to move up to the vacant No.3 spot, felt his own batting form was sound despite failing to convert a start in Brisbane.

''I've been hitting the ball well for the last six months,'' he said.

''Obviously I've worked very hard on the lbw issue and I feel I'm getting very close to getting on top of [it].

''It's moreso time in the middle. I didn't have the perfect preparation; there's no doubt, ahead of the first Test, [it would have been beneficial] to play a shield game to get into the mindset of playing in a Test match. I'll certainly be better for it going into the second Test.''