Shane Watson relishing the role of captain

Updated: 09 March 2012 15:45 IST

Australia may miss the services of regular skipper Michael Clarke. The team however will tour West Indies under the leadership of Shane Watson who reportedly, has been relishing the opportunity to skipper the side.

Australia may miss the services of regular skipper Michael Clarke. The team however will tour West Indies under the leadership of Shane Watson who reportedly, has been relishing the opportunity to skipper the side.

Watson, vice-captain of the Australian Test and ODI squad, was promoted after scans revealed a hamstring strain that kept Clarke out of the final match of the CB series against Sri Lanka and showed that it will keep the 30-year-old out of the ODI matches in the Caribbeans as well. The team did not seem to miss Clarke much as Australia defeated Sri Lanka to claim the CB series on Thursday. "It's been a very exciting time for myself as captain to see the game from a different perspective. Being in there and around the bowlers all the time and communicating with them is a lot of fun," Watson was quoted as saying by local agencies after the match.

Confidence is what seems to be carrying Watson's form and fortune as he believes he has learnt from established veterans in the team. "I've been very lucky to be around so many great players throughout my career. I started at a time when some of the greats that ever played the game were in and around the Australian team and I was just there to try to learn as much as I could," he was quoted as saying, crediting them for much of what he has learnt.

Topics : Shane Watson Australia Gary Kirsten Ravi Rampaul MS Dhoni Bangladesh Cricket Harbhajan Singh Matthew Hayden Tim Ambrose George Bailey Virender Sehwag India Sri Lanka Michael Clarke Brett Lee Brisbane Cricket Ground (Woolloongabba), Brisbane Rohit Sharma Robin Uthappa India in Australia, 2011-12
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