HAMPSHIRE have made a bid to land Australia’s Shane Watson.
Giles White has confirmed contact has been made to bring the all-rounder to the Ageas Bowl next season.
That would see the 34-year-old return to the county after a stint in 2004 and 2005, which saw him help his side win the C&G Trophy.
Watson retired from Test cricket after picking up a calf injury in the second one-day international at Lord’s last Saturday.
But Hampshire director of cricket, White, revealed there has been steps taken to bring in the right-handed batsman.
He is, as yet, unsure how the situation will pan out, however.
White told BBC Radio Solent: ‘It will depend on his availability more than anything, but initial contact has been made.
‘I’m not sure how long things will take, but certainly there’s a will there.
‘It’s likely to depend on the structure of the competitions and the international fixtures next season, but we’ll see how it goes.’
Any move to Hampshire would see Watson focus on playing limited-over cricket for the county.
That is a role he is continuing for his country in one-day internationals and Twenty20 cricket.
Watson suffered persistent calf, back and hamstring injuries in a Test career spanning a decade.
The fast-medium bowler scored 3,731 runs and took 75 wickets in his 59 Tests for Australia.
His 75 wickets came at 33.68.
His runs saw him finish 25th on the list of Australia’s all-time run scorers.