Michael Clarke backs Shane Watson to lead side in case he misses out

The skipper remained a doubtful starter as he didn't take part in the training session at the Feroze Shah Kotla stadium. Clarke said it's time for his players to pull up their socks and show some stomach for fight in the final Test.

updated: March 21, 2013 09:11 IST
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New Delhi: Australian skipper Michael Clarke has backed his deputy Shane Watson to step up and lead the side in case he misses out the fourth Test against India with a back injury.

"He (Watson) has my vote to take over the captaincy if I'm ruled out. If I don't pull up 100 per cent to perform at my best, I won't be putting my hand up for selection. And if that's the case, I am confident Watson would be embraced by the team in my place if the CA board appointed him as captain," Clarke wrote in his column for 'Courier Mail'.

Watson is being reunited with the team ahead of the fourth Test starting on Friday after he was dropped from the playing XI of the third Test in Mohali for not completing a presentation on team performance.

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