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Shane Watson to Skipper Australia in Dead T20 Rubber against India

Sharada Iyer - 30-01-2016 - View: 308

Cricket - Aaron Finch had been sidelined with an injury to his hamstring

Shane Watson to Skipper Australia in Dead T20 Rubber against India

Shane Watson will stand-in as the captain of the Australian side for the final T20 against India to be held at the SCG, after skipper Aaron Finch was ruled out on account of injury to his hamstring suffered during the second T20. The Australian team were looking at replacements to take over the captaincy responsibilities with both David Warner and Steven Smith unavailable on account of them leaving for New Zealand for the upcoming series tour.

As it had been confirmed previously, Usman Khawaja was also included in the team to take Finch’s place in the squad though it’s not yet certain whether the 28-year old would be included in the playing XI.

Speaking about the added responsibility Watson said that though they had already lost the series, the Australians will look to play well in Sydney. He also emphasised that the team had a lot to look forward to given that the World T20 is just round the corner.

The 34-year old Watson, who will be the ninth Australian T20 skipper, is the second-most experienced T20 player with 51 matches after David Warner, who has played in 54 T20s. In the 51 matches he’s played, Watson’s scored 1,191 runs and has taken 41 wickets. His highest total with the bat in T20s is 81 runs and his best bowling figures are 4/15.

 

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