IPL 7: We are playing smart Test cricket, says Shane Watson on upcoming series against India

Australia have come a long way since their 4-0 drubbing at the hands of India and Shane Watson, who is captaining Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League, is confident that they are now a much better team when India tour Down Under later in 2014.

updated: April 16, 2014 16:29 IST
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Mumbai: Australia were thrashed 4-0 by India in their away tour last year, but their all-rounder Shane Watson on Wednesday said that his side would be hard to beat when the same opponents tour Down Under for a four-match Test series later this year.

Watson's optimism stems from the fact that the team composition and environment is different to the one that suffered a humiliating loss in India as indicated by the fact that they defeated ICC top-ranked South Africa 2-1 in the latter's backyard recently.

"We're playing some very good tough Test cricket. We beat South Africa on their home soil which was a huge achievement for us as well. So under all these conditions, we're certainly going to be hard to beat," Watson, the captain of IPL team Rajasthan Royals, told PTI in an e-mail interview.

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