Watson takes blame for letting Oz down with poor batting during Indian Test debacle

Sydney, Mar 25 (ANI): Australian vice-captain Shane Watson has admitted he let down his team with a very poor batting display during their embarrassing 4-0 Test series defeat to India.

When India captain MS Dhoni slogged a four after tea on Sunday's third day of play in the fourth Test in Delhi, the home side reached 4-158 and claimed a six-wicket win to complete their biggest home-series victory ever and it was the first time Australia had lost four Tests in a series since 1978/79, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

Watson, who was named skipper for the fourth Test after Michael Clarke was sent home for scans on his back injury, scored only 99 runs for the series at 16.50 and was suspended for the third Test for disciplinary reasons after failing to deliver a homework assignment on time.

Australia's next assignment at Test level is the Ashes series in July and Watson is confident Clarke's men can pick themselves up for the battle for the urn while taking the blame for poor batting throughout the series.

Watson said they certainly need to continue to improve and improve and improve very quickly, adding with the challenges and the series they have coming up the conditions are going to be different to what they have in this series.

Watson added for all of us as top-order batsmen, it has been very disappointing, adding he personally take a lot of blame for that.

Clarke led Australia's averages with 47.66 and was the only player in the touring squad to score a century in the four-Test series.

Watson said they have all got to continue to strive for what Clarke has been able to achieve as a batsman. (ANI)


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