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Watson, Haddin to play in Shield game

February 14, 2012, 1:34 PM IST
Watson, Haddin to play in Shield game

Sydney: Australian Test stars Shane Watson and Brad Haddin will play for New South Wales in this week's Sheffield Shield while Australia are involved in the tri one-day series against India and Sri Lanka.

Both were named on Tuesday in the NSW team to play Western Australia in Perth, starting on Friday.

Watson, who made his return in Sydney club cricket last weekend following a lengthy injury lay-off, will continue his recovery from a damaged hamstring in a bid to prove his fitness ahead of Australia's Caribbean tour next month.

Wicketkeeper Haddin, omitted from Australia's one-day international squad for the second time on Tuesday, will be looking for form to convince selectors to recall him.

Batting all-rounder Watson is replacing Simon Katich in the NSW team, with the former Test opening batsman still suffering from residual concussion after being struck on the head while batting against Tasmania last week.

Other former Test batsmen playing for NSW this week are Phillip Hughes and Usman Khawaja.

Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
IND
9 7 1 1 15 +0.80
2
AUS
9 7 2 0 14 +0.86
3
ENG
9 6 3 0 12 +1.15
4
NZ
9 5 3 1 11 +0.17
5
PAK
9 5 3 1 11 -0.43
6
SL
9 3 4 2 8 -0.91
7
SA
9 3 5 1 7 -0.03
8
BAN
9 3 5 1 7 -0.41
9
WI
9 2 6 1 5 -0.22
10
AFG
9 0 9 0 0 -1.32

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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