Excluding Shane Watson from playing XI for ICC World Cup 2015 a difficult decision: Michael Clarke

Shashi / 04 March 2015

Michael Clarke, the Australian captain, has said that it was a difficult decision to leave out Shane Watson in their ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 clash against Afghanistan at the WACA, Perth. Clarke however declined to comment on whether Watson will be a part of Australia’s XI in the coming games, saying that it was for the selectors to decide. With James Faulkner fit, the selectors decided to bench Watson, who has been struggling to convert his starts lately.

Speaking to the media after the game, Clarke said that the decision was nevertheless a question for the selectors and that he can not answer that. He also does not know the answer to that. But the Australian captain also said that the thought of the decision, all about it, Watson handled really well. It is obviously a tough decision for the selectors, but he thinks the way he contributed still today, he had a really good hit in the nets today, so he has been fantastic around the group all day.

Clarke also stressed on the point that all the 15 members of the squad have an important role to play in their World Cup campaign, He had said it before, that it is going to take all 15 of the squad to have success in this World Cup. I think the selectors have made pretty clear that that’s the XI they’ve picked for this opposition, and I’m sure they’ll do the same for Sri Lanka at the SCG.

Whatever XI the selectors give me, the skipper’s job is to get the best out of them, and he is confident with every player in this squad. If they get an opportunity, they’ll grab it with both hands and they’ll help the team have success Australia beat Afghanistan by 275 runs, which is the record margin for any World Cup game. With this victory, Australia seems to have brought their World Cup campaign back on track following a rained-off game and a defeat.


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