Galle, Sri Lanka: Shane Watson, the Australia vice-captain, has said his side bowled so well to Sri Lanka's batsman that they would have won the first Test in Galle even if they had lost the toss and fielded first.
After his side took a 1-0 lead in the series, Australia's captain Michael Clarke said he felt the toss had been critical, and decried a pitch on which that was so. But Watson said the Australia bowlers had been so disciplined and balanced in their work that bowling first would not have made much difference.
"To be able to win a Test match in Sri Lanka is a really good effort," Watson said. "I know batting first helped the cause but we did bowl very well as a group throughout the whole Test match and in the end I don't think it would have mattered that much whether we batted or bowled first.