Watson reveals how four champs helped to rebuild his career

May 24th, 2009 - 3:29 pm ICT by ANI  

Sydney, May 24 (ANI): Australian all rounder Shane Watson has revealed how four legends guided him through his darkest days and instilled the self-belief to achieve his dream of an Ashes tour.Watson said the quartet’s support and advice helped him to overcome 12 injuries in six years, the latest a groin complaint.

With the first Test 46 days away, Watson said Glenn McGrath, Steve Waugh, Shane Warne and Greg Chappell were the secret weapons that facilitated his return as Australia’s top all-rounder.Former Test quick McGrath, who lost wife Jane to breast cancer last June, counselled Watson on handling setbacks.

Waugh worked on Watson’s mental toughness; batting great Chappell honed his technique at the Centre of Excellence and spin-king Warne pinpointed ways to enhance his bowling.

“I’ve been very lucky to have those guys around me. I’m blessed to have had some of the greats of world cricket to communicate with and support me because those guys have gone through different scenarios in their career and came out the other end to be on top of the cricket world,” Fox Sports and the Sydney Morning Herald quoted Watson, as saying.”I’m really appreciative. Their little hints and advice has helped with my frame of mind. I’m very close to Glenn McGrath, I’ve had quite a number of chats to him about the direction I want to go and what I want to do. Glenn has been amazing for me. It’s just his strength of character. There are things he’s had to go through in his life and he’s had a good talk to me about my setbacks and how I can come back from them. He’s just such a positive person and that’s rubbed off,” he added.”I’ve had a good chat with Steve Waugh. His advice has been based on mechanisms and ways to handle situations that aren’t ideal. He’s talked to me about the power of the mind and what you can achieve when you set your mind on things,” Watson said, adding that he had gleaned just as much from Warne and Chappell, who have focused on technical shortcomings. (ANI)

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