Watson made no secret of his dismay at being rested for the recent one-day series against Pakistan but the decision has been vindicated by his marauding performances at the World
The vice-captain presents CA with a conundrum because it needs him to be fit and fresh for big series such as next month's showdown with South Africa for the No.1 Test ranking and the fight to regain the Ashes.
But it has little control over him for about two months of the year because of IPL and Champions League commitments, The Sydney Morning herald reports.
CA has a financial vested interest in the Champions League, which starts next week and runs close to the Test summer, and is the next destination for Watson, Mitchell
The IPL is scheduled between next autumn's
Watson, who plays all three forms, is a prime candidate to be exhausted before he gets there, having lost last summer to injuries.
Team performance manager Pat Howard said Watson deserved credit for rebuilding his fitness and dominating the
"I think Shane sees the positives in it. He still states, 'I want to play all the time,' but, as there's more and more cricket played, something has got to give. We want guys not only physically ready to play but also mentally hungry, with that ability to say, 'bugger you guys, I don't want you to rest me'," Howard said.