Shane Watson is a good leader, says Ed Cowan

Mar 21, 2013, 00:40 IST | IANS

Opening batsman Ed Cowan yesterday backed Shane Watson to lead Australia in the fourth and final Test against India starting here tomorrow if skipper Michael Clarke is unfit and also hoped the team would bounce back after three consecutive defeats.

“Firstly, it is important to know that Michael is expected to play, so at the moment Shane Watson isn’t the captain of the team. If that happened, the team is very happy with that because he is the vice-captain of the tour and there are expectations that the vice-captain steps up if the captain is injured.

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I guess we know that was always going to be a possibility,” Cowan told reporters at the Feroz Shah Kotla after a practice session. An out-of-form Watson has been in the centre of controversy after he was sidelined for the third Test in Mohali along with three others over a breach of discipline last week.

Watson was angry and left for home to be with his wife Lee, who delivered baby boy Will last Thursday. Watson, who left India contemplating retirement, however, returned in time to be with the team for the fourth Test.

Cowan said Watson is a great player and a good leader. “Shane is quite a good player and a good leader in his own right, so it will be a good opportunity for him if he gets that opportunity.

He (Watson) has probably decided to come back with a full focus and we will accept him because he is such a great player and a good leader,” Cowan said.

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