The failure of Australia’s top order with the bat was one of the main reasons why the men from Down Under were whitewashed by India 0-4 in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy which ended at the Feroz Shah Kotla here yesterday. In almost every Australia innings, the highest score came from a batsman batting below No 6. However, stand-in skipper Shane Watson defended his batsman.
In fact, he personally took responsibility for not performing in the series, his highest score being 28.
“I should have scored runs considering the amount of cricket I have played here, but could not. My role as a specialist batsman did not work. I wanted to contribute for the success of the team, being a senior and experienced batsman but could not perform and I personally take the blame for this,” Watson said at the post-match conference.
Asked if 155 was a good enough target, he said: “I thought we were definitely in the game with 155 as the target but things did not go according to plan.
“Even when India were 15-20 runs away, I thought we could bowl them out as the wicket was playing tricks with some balls keeping low and some taking off.”