To lead Australia in a Test is the ultimate honour, says Shane Watson

Watson, who was Clarke's deputy, was even contemplating retirement as he returned home to be with his wife Lee for the birth of their first child, Will. He was also upset with Cricket Australia (CA) high performance manager Pat Howard, who said that Watson was only "sometimes" a team player.

updated: March 22, 2013 11:56 IST
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New Delhi: Two weeks after he angrily stormed out of the team, Shane Watson finally achieved his dream of becoming Australia's Test captain as he stepped out to lead the team in place of injured skipper Michael Clarke in the fourth Test against India on Friday.

Watson, who became the 44th Australian Test captain, said it was an honour to be appointed. Clarke stood down after he failed to recover from chronic back pain. Wicketkeeper Matthew Wade will be Watson's deputy.

"It's really a dream come true to be asked to captain your country. I've captained some One-Day Internationals, but to be asked to captain a Test will be the ultimate honour.

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