Pujara spoiled our efforts, says Watson

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New Delhi, Mar 25: The last two weeks haven’t been easy for Shane Watson. After ‘HomeWork Gate’ came a resounding defeat at the Kotla here as he led the side in the absence of an injured Michael Clarke.
 He and his team tried their best to prevent the whitewash but Cheteshwar Pujara foiled all his plans on Sunday. And Watson was the first one to admit that.
 “Had we managed to get Pujara, the pitch was such that we could have got on a roll even with 15-20 runs left. But Pujara seems to be in supreme control of his game.
 This is the first time I have seen him and he has such huge levels of concentration,” Watson said after the Test was over. Australia’s fightback in the final Test has been attributed, to some extent at least, to the ‘aggression’ brought into the team by Watson.
 The stand-in captain clarified that it had nothing to do with the incident before the Mohali Test when he and three others were dropped from the Test over disciplinary issues.
 “The attacking cricket that we played here had nothing to do with anything that happened last week.” Even as Watson tried to keep the atmosphere of the post-match media interaction light, he admitted that his own place in the team was in jeopardy.
 “The plan to play myself as a specialist batsman definitely didn’t work. I was expected to guide the younger players, having played in these conditions before. As an all-rounder, I can contribute a lot more.
 I feel more involved in the game. Let’s see what the selectors decide when they get together next time,” Watson said while adding that he needed to get his body in shape to be able to bowl in the upcoming Indian Premier League.

Lastupdate on : Mon, 25 Mar 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Mon, 25 Mar 2013 18:30:00 GMT
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