Shane Watson watches on the final day in Hobart as Sri Lankan batsmen Angelo Mathews and Thilan Samaraweera take a single.

Shane Watson watches on the final day in Hobart as Sri Lankan batsmen Angelo Mathews and Thilan Samaraweera take a single. Photo: AFP

SHANE Watson has described his effort to be Australia's workhorse in the first Test as a ''big accomplishment'' after his injury woes in the past 12 months.

The 47.4 overs Watson bowled in Hobart, including 27 in the final innings as Australia pushed for victory - minus the injured Ben Hilfenhaus - was the most he has delivered in a Test in his career.

''For me, that was a big accomplishment,'' he said.

Watson has been dogged by calf strains the past two Australian summers but said he had pulled up well from his increased workload.

''I always wished I'd be able to contribute at some time when the team needed it and, unfortunately for Ben Hilfenhaus, he went down injured, but it meant it gave me an opportunity to see if my body could handle that sort of thing, and so far it has,'' he said.