Stunning Australian cricket and his fans, vice-captain Shane Watson has announced that he has stepped down from his post across all the formats.
In a statement on the website of Cricket Australia (CA), Watson said that although the decision to step down was not easy for him, but had been thinking about it since the end of the Test series against India, Fox News reports.
Stating that it is the right time for a change for both him and the team, Watson said that he has informed the CA about his decision so that the selectors can consider their options for the Ashes as the squads will be announced soon.
According to Watson, he wants to improve his performance and be the best Test player for his team, adding that he thinks that he can do that by stepping down from the vice-captaincy to focus his attention on scoring runs, taking wickets and doing the necessary to help the team achieve success.
Watson further said that although he will not be the vice-captain in title but he thinks that he can still be a leader and strong contributor around the group.
Thanking CA for the leadership opportunity over the past two years, Watson said that he is looking forward to the next phase in his career, adding that he will help the team to win back the Ashes and get back to being ranked number one in the world.