Australia wary of Zaheer, Ishant: Watson

Watson, the vice-captain, talks about the upcoming tour against India as he also describes the journey that made him an indispensable part of the Australian squad.

updated: December 10, 2011 11:37 IST
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Mumbai: Watson, the vice-captain, is excited about being an integral part of Australia's new era.

Shane Watson is undeniably Australia's Most Valuable Player since the retirements of greats Adam Gilchrist, Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath, Matthew Hayden and Justin Langer. Since October 2009, Watson, now a Test opener, averages 43.00 with the bat, and 24.33 with the ball - including three five-wicket hauls.

He was Australia's best bowler during last month's extraordinary Cape Town Test, the only top-order batsman who got runs during last year's Ashes trouncing (435 runs from five Tests), and for most, the player who will rescue Australian cricket from plunging even further in the rankings.

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