Australian stand-in skipper Shane Watson has vowed to lead to from the front in the upcoming tour to West Indies. The Aussies are undergoing a busy schedule, as the left for West Indies only 12 hours after the end of the tri-angular series at home.
After visiting South Africa, the Kangaroos played a two-match Test series against New Zealand at home. Soon after an exciting series with the Black Caps, the Aussies were head to head with Team Blue. The hosts hammered the Men in Blue 4-0 in the Test series.
However, there was no break after that, as a crucial three-nation ODI series was waiting for them. With many players coming from Big Bas League, it was definitely a tough outing for the Aussies. Yet, they performed magnificently and won the series comfortably.
After a gruelling summer season, Watson and his teammates flew to Caribbean for a five-match ODI competition. Despite a hectic schedule, Watson is confident of his team’s fantastic performance against the Windies. He shared that an injury-hit summer made
him a lot fresher than those who involved in a tough schedule.
"From my perspective, I’m very fresh after missing the majority of the summer. So I’m really excited about being able to go and continue to play a lot more cricket," he said at the Sydney airport.
He added, "There’s no doubt there’re some guys that have played the whole summer who are going to be a little bit tired. But in the end, that’s part and parcel of playing international cricket. You are playing just about all year round, and you’ve got to
find ways to be able to freshen up whenever you possibly can and to be able to keep doing everything you can to stay as fresh as you can to be able to perform."
Watson took over captaincy after Michael Clarke was ruled out of finale against Sri Lanka due to a hamstring injury. With a serious injury, the regular skipper will not be available for the opening phase of the series in West Indies.
Watson will have to stay at helm until Clarke returns, and the aggressive all-rounder is confident of performing well both as captain and player.