Shane Watson lauds Australia's fighting abilities

Last Updated: Thu, Mar 08, 2012 16:24 hrs

Adelaide: Australia's stand-in captain Shane Watson was delighted at his team standing up to the test after scoring a none-too-impressive 231 against Sri Lanka in the third and decisive final of the CB series on Thursday.

"After getting 231 we knew we were going to have to bowl and field extremely well to defend that and we certainly did that through the whole 48-49 overs," Watson said after Australia's victory.

"That's what we've been talking about, to actually put it all together, and we were able to do that and that is very satisfying. It was very exciting for the whole group to know we can put that all together in a big game.

"We didn't always bowl to our plans over the last couple of games, in the first final in Brisbane we let it slip a bit, and nearly lost that first game. So it was just an all-round bowling performance to be able to put it all together."

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Watson praised the team for raising the bar on the field. "Also a fielding performance to keep the intensity throughout the whole 50 overs. It is brilliant to see that when the guys really set their minds to it we can do it, and that's a standard we set tonight that that's the way we want to play our cricket."

Watson himself was impressive as a leader of the pack in the absence of Michael Clarke who, at various times, suffered from hamstring and back strains.

"It's been a very exciting time for myself to be able to see the game from a different perspective has been a lot of fun, that I suppose normally standing out on the fence you're normally trying to deflect a bit of banter that's coming your way.

"So actually being there around the bowlers all the time, communicating with them is a lot of fun, and it's nice when everyone sticks their hands up like they did tonight. We didn't get as many as we'd like with the bat, but if we bowl that well like we showed tonight we definitely had enough.

"That's going to be the biggest challenge (to refresh), because you've certainly got to enjoy the good times and the good wins as well," Watson said.

The allrounder admitted that some of the players would be tired.

"I think we have 5.15am leave from the hotel, so there could be a few tired blokes after celebrating tonight, because you do have to make the most of your good days. Playing cricket and sport in general you don't always have good days.

"So as long as it's not too crazy and too hectic the guys have a bit of time to freshen up on the flight and make sure once we get to the West Indies that we're ready to go next Friday."

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