Things change pretty quickly in cricket. Just a couple of weeks ago, Shane Watson was hurled out of the side due to disciplinary issues. He did not comply with the team orders, when not preparing a presentation as asked by coach Mickey Arthur.
Watson and three other players were slapped with a one-game ban. And now when returns to the side, he returns as the leader of the crew. On his comeback as the captain, Watson said that leading the national side in Test cricket is the ultimate honour.
"It’s really a dream come true to be asked to captain your country. I’ve captained some One-Day Internationals, but to be asked to captain a Test will be the ultimate honour.”
"It’s obviously very disappointing that Michael hasn’t come up, his batting and leadership will certainly be sorely missed, but I’m looking forward to the challenge and responsibility over the next five days, Watson said in a statement.
The Kangaroos are currently going through a terrible patch these days. They are 3-0 down in the series, with the fourth and final game going on at Delhi. The tourists are playing this game for respect and pride. Watson was given the responsibility after
Michael Clarke failed to prove his fitness due to back problem.
Talking about the last two weeks during which he was really angry with the team management, the all-rounder shared that the previous 10-15 days were just like a roller coaster ride for him.
He angrily left India after being dropped from the side for the third game. But he quickly returned after being called for the final game. Talking about his experience, he stated:
"It has been a very up and down week emotionally. To be stood down from a Test match hit me very hard and it’s been a great process over the week to get back into the team and contribute again.”
"Michael and Mickey talked to me about it when I first arrived back in India so I knew it was always going to be touch and go with Michael to be at good fitness and able to play," admits Watson. “I mentally started preparing from there knowing I could have