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India was lowest point of my career - Watson

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June 2, 2013

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Shane Watson's bat breaks as he drives through the off side, Australia v West Indies, Champions Trophy 2013 warm-up match, Cardiff, June 1
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Shane Watson is eager to move forward from the debacles Australia faced in India, with back-to-back Ashes series due to begin later this summer. During the series, which ended in a 0-4 series defeat, the team management axed four players, including Watson, who was vice-captain at the time, after the second Test for failing to complete a task set by coach Mickey Arthur.

"Whatever happened throughout India, certainly for me personally, was the lowest point in my cricket career, there's no doubt about that." he said. "The decisions that were made were made for a reason and we certainly have to move forward as a team because we've got two series back-to-back of the biggest cricket we'll ever play."

Australia are chasing the urn after England steamrolled Australia in their own backyard with a 3-1 scoreline, all three wins coming without England needing to bat a second time. They now face England in England.

"We've got a lot of big cricket coming up so we've got to put all the things that happened to us in India behind us." he said. "We've got to find ways to get the best out of ourselves as individuals and as a team. If we don't, then it could be a long 10 months but if we're able to bring it together then we could have a lot of fun."

Watson was clear in stating the controversial episode ahead of Australia's last chance to save the series in India could have been avoided.

"If I had handed in my homework then I would have avoided it, that's probably as simple as it was. I look back and I certainly would have done that and I wouldn't have been in the situation that I was." he said. "There were certainly periods of time that things had been building up unbeknown to me, things that were really affecting certain people in the group but we've had to move because we've got so much big cricket coming up and it's a dream to be part of back-to-back Ashes series.

"Whatever's happened is certainly in the past. For me to be a part of hopefully this next little while of cricket continues to fuel my dream and also continue to realise the privilege I do have to play cricket for my country."

Watson also ruled out any interest in captaining Australia in the Ashes. "At this point in time, absolutely not." he said "I stepped down as vice-captain for a number of different reasons but at this point in time, it was certainly the best thing for the team. I'm just here to get the best out of myself and help as much as I always do anyway."

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Posted by TeamRocker on (June 7, 2013, 9:53 GMT)

Watson is a player of immense talent. However, attitude problems have resulted in him consistently irritating Australia and the other cricketing world by refusing to prove that he has the talent to become the greatest modern-day all rounder. His bowling is still proving quite dangerous, and that usually leads to him finding his batting form. A careful analysis of this Australia side proves that their batting has the capability to post big scores, given they perform this well: Rogers (Avg: 40), Watson (Avg: 40), Hughes (Avg: 35), Clarke (Avg: 45), Khawaja (Avg: 40), Cowan (Avg: 35), Haddin (Avg: 35), Faulkner (Avg: 25), Starc (Avg: 25), Pattinson (Avg: 20), Siddle (Avg 20)

Average score: 350. I believe that Rogers, Watson and Khawaja will play better than I have predicted as they can both see it's their last chance to really prove themselves. And that brings out the best in players.

Posted by PrasPunter on (June 6, 2013, 7:10 GMT)

@maddy20, since you spoke about other games, can we count the no. of Gold medals your nation won in Olympics 2012 ? At-least we won 7 Golds and ended up as one among the top 10 nations. What about yours ? Oh ya, I figured out !! 0 Golds !! A spectacular result for a nation of whatever bn, isn't it ? And why ? I figured it out again !! Unlike cricket where BCCI can bully the weak ones to get favorable results, Olympics is a bigger arena , where your intimidatory tactics would hardly cut ice !! You are hardly a force to be counted there !!

We never needed to cook our wickets to beat your team to pulp unlike what you did , which the whole world knows !!

And our test record is way way better than yours !! On any day, we are a better sporting nation than yours !!! It ends there.

Posted by balajichan on (June 5, 2013, 15:06 GMT)

i am sure that australia will not win even a single game unless senior batsmen like warner,watson and clarke perform well.its going to be interesting to see the opening combination of the team,whether watson and warner or warner and wade or watson and wade etc.,.then lets come to the ashes.100% australia will be whitewashed by england.there is no chance of winning because they were beaten by england in australia, and why they cant be beaten in england?and also the time between these 2 series are only 1 year.and also,they do not have the experience of hussey and ponting this year.this ashes will be the most boring ashes of all time

Posted by ScottStevo on (June 5, 2013, 12:27 GMT)

@Un_Citoyen_Indien, Yep, well played. Every dog has their day and you've just had yours, mate. As I said, 5-55, your top order got rattled. Fair enough, MS is a good player, but he won't win you a match every single game and DK is barely even selected! As for your pace bowling - he did well today, but he won't get that lucky where he gets three edges onto the stumps and a dodgy caught behind out of his 5 wickets...also, I couldn't care less what your population is. you missed the point, mate. 1.2b or 2b is a long old way more than our population. @maddy20, Actually, your knowledge is terribly poor as since we were beaten by Eng at home we have beaten SL, drawn in SA (something Ind won't/can't do), obliterated India 4-0, beaten WI away and pressed SA harder than either Eng or Ind have until we crashed in the final test to lose the series. As for ICC trophies - come and talk to me when you get close to how many we've won. We still hold this CT trophy. Plus 3 WCs in a row....

Posted by AKS286 on (June 5, 2013, 5:44 GMT)

Ashes'13 belongs to England no doubt. Australia is not capable to even draw a test match. I'm waiting for Aus tour to Bang. I think everything will be fine for Aus after Ashes whitewash because CA will take strong decisions. Well done India in practice matches. But i think India need practice match against good teams not like Aus.

Posted by   on (June 5, 2013, 2:32 GMT)

England-5-0-Australia I can see the writing on the wall That said, Ashes series is immensely interesting to watch. Sad to see the decline of the once cricket powerhouse Australia.

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