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Watson: Warne angry with CA

UPDATED 29 January, 2013 6:49PM AEST | by Carly Adno 20

Australian vice-captain Shane Watson says Shane Warne clearly has some issues with the hierarchy at Cricket Australia.

Warne used Twitter to launch a scathing on attack on Cricket Australia's management on Monday night, inferring that they were 'muppets' who are turning Australian cricket into a 'joke' by resting their best players.

But Watson believes the outburst was largely due to the fines Cricket Australia had given to the 43-year-old Melbourne Stars captain during this season's Big Bash League.

Warne was fined $9500 in total for two separate incidents during the 2012-13 tournament.

"Warney's obviously got a few issues with the hierarchy at the moment with some of the things that happened during the Big Bash," Watson said on Tuesday.

"Obviously he's got his own thoughts on what's going on and what happened in the last few weeks during his last few games in the Big Bash."

Warne also criticised Cricket Australia's selection policy, but Watson believes the selectors are only doing what's best for the players.

"Look, in the end there's no doubt that the people who are involved in Cricket Australia are certainly trying to do the best job that they possibly can and are trying to support the players as much as they possibly can as well," he said.

"That's all you can ask for as a player, is them doing their absolute best they can possibly can, so if you know they're there doing the best they can for the players that's all that matters."

A calf injury has kept Watson out of cricket for the last four weeks, but the 31-year-old is making his comeback and will play for NSW in Wednesday's Ryobi Cup clash with Western Australia at the SCG.

Watson played grade cricket for Sutherland on the weekend, making 30 against Campbelltown-Camden.

The right-hander has recently abandoned his all-rounder tag to focus on his batting and hopes to make it to India for the four-Test series as a batsman.

"I'm as confident as I possibly can be," Watson said.

"Certainly not bowling at this point in time makes a difference physically and mentally coming back because I don't have to, I suppose, push my recovery that hard to be able to come back and just play as a batsman."

Watson has backed Moises Henriques to fill the vacant all-rounder spot in the Australian team and has urged the selectors to include the 25-year-old in the squad to travel to India.

Henriques was recalled for the three ODIs against Sri Lanka and impressed before aggravating a finger injury playing for NSW in the Sheffield Shield match against the Warriors which required minor surgery.

"There's no doubt he's certainly one of the form all-rounders in Australia at the moment," Watson said.

"I think he'd do an excellent job if he got that opportunity.

"There's no doubt that Moises Henriques is certainly one of the most talented all-rounders going around and there's no doubt in India as well having one more bowling option would certainly help Michael (Clarke) out."

The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Cricket Australia

First Posted 29 January, 2013 6:47PM AEST

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