Australia in Bangladesh 2011 April 6, 2011

Watson looks ahead to 'exciting' new era

ESPNcricinfo staff

Shane Watson, the newly appointed Australian vice-captain, has said he is looking forward to an "exciting" new era as his team shifts focus from a disappointing World Cup campaign to the one-day series against Bangladesh.

"It's very disappointing not to get through further than what we did in the World Cup. Unfortunately, that's been done with and we have got to move on," Watson said on Wednesday. "We have got three games in Bangladesh with a new captain (Michael Clarke) that will add a slightly new dynamic to our team. I think it's really an exciting phase in Australian cricket. It's a changing time in Australian cricket."

This will be Ricky Ponting's first ODI series as a rank-and-file player since 2002, after leading Australia in a record 228 one-dayers. He stepped down as leader after Australia's campaign for a fourth straight World Cup ended in a quarter-final defeat to India last month.

Watson said the continued presence of Ponting in the side will help Australia's attempts to arrest their slide from dominance. "I think it is absolutely brilliant that Ricky still continues to play on. Having his experience around the group is very important for our development moving forward."

Australian coach Tim Nielsen agreed Ponting will be an influential player during the transitional phase. "Michael had done a little bit of captaincy before but Shane hadn't necessarily been involved in the leadership group at all. So it will be excellent for both of them to have Ricky's experience, cricket knowledge and his competitiveness."

Australia play a Bangladesh Cricket Board XI on Thursday in Fatullah, before taking on Bangladesh in three one-dayers starting April 9.

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  • Richard on April 9, 2011, 7:36 GMT

    @Meety-LOL mate! Yep, the IPL does indeed beat the early morning infomercials for Abdominal tighteners and beauty products but T20 per se is to me cricket shorn of almost all of it's subtlety and nuance, and it's precisely those characteristics which have always been most appealing to me in the game. To each their own, but when a domestic T20 game is on I find myself getting up to mow the lawn or clean out the gutters.

  • Andrew on April 9, 2011, 1:19 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster - mate our socceroos recently handed an Indian soccer team their butts on a plate 5-0 I think! Oz already focus on other sports like the Commonwealth Games that we won mire Gold medals then the hosts! How many cureent Olympic Gold medalists does India have? You almost coud see say that sport-wise India are a one trick show pony! LOL! @Biggus -I'm the same with T20, when I'm up feeding my 10mth old @ 3am - I'll defiantely watch the IPL instead of Ahh Bra Informercials & 10 minute work out advertisements. @MasterClass -of course if you're of Indian origin you should be proud of the IPL spectacle. I think in Great sport is entertainment, whereas the IPL & to a lesser extent T20 is just entertainment, it doesn't really fire me up. When Oz lost the T20 W/Cup to the Saffa2nd XIs last year I just said "Doh!" & went about my business, I didn't kick any cats, or give the missus a gobful! LOL! I just changed channell & watched Everybody Loves Raymond which is also entertainment!

  • Richard on April 8, 2011, 21:03 GMT

    To all those Bangladeshis, don't let the knockers get you down, we're going to play some good cricket, have some fun, make some new friends and build a bridge of understanding between our two nations. Now what could be bad about that eh? Cricket should be all about bringing us together, not giving us cause to argue.

  • Richard on April 8, 2011, 19:22 GMT

    @MasterClass-It isn't just the IPL, T20 leaves me cold, and I'm afraid I find the IPL event crass and awfully over commercial. Sorry mate, I'll just never get into T20.

  • Vivek on April 8, 2011, 9:03 GMT

    i m sure aussies will be a force again in near a year or so...they went through such rebuilding before...dont u remember titan cup in india where they lost all the games...but soon they bounce back...the same is going to happen...the only thing that disappoints me is the players selection.....plz insert dan christain and o'keefe in playing eleven...both will be future stars if not dan christain is definately a match winner....after a long time australia produce a balanced bowling and batting allrounder who can win games with both bat and ball

  • Dummy4 on April 8, 2011, 1:22 GMT

    @capt.meanster : please dont be talking about other teams of australia as they have other teams who end up competing in world level. india has only one team that is cricket. india is nowhere in hockey, soccer tennis or anything instead of u focusing on criticizing other teams of other countries, why dont u try to tell me what team does india have that has done something apart from cricket. even in cricket, india has a long way to go before it dominates the cricket world like aussies did. im an indian but im not arrogant to not see the flaws of india even when i enjoy the victory of the world up

  • Dummy4 on April 8, 2011, 0:38 GMT

    I agree it will be exciting new era - But it will be for REST OF THE WORLD!

  • Harvey on April 7, 2011, 23:14 GMT

    Exciting new era with the same old players

  • Sandeep on April 7, 2011, 19:13 GMT

    Just cant wait to see the race between Ricky and Sachin.

  • Sab on April 7, 2011, 16:17 GMT

    @ Ar-Rafi Ferdous Zaman: Yes, Rahul Pathak is talking about the same Bangladesh who played against India 23 times and won 2 times out of which 1 of them happened to be in the 2007 world cup

    I don't understand why the Bangladesh fans have to talk about India. This is about Bangladesh Vs Australia and there is nothing wrong in people saying "Bangladesh don't stand a chance against Australia". Please learn to accept the facts..

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