Watson hopes Australia can recover from their recent 4-0 thrashing at the hands of England
Australia vice-captain Shane Watson has called on the team to learn from the mistakes they made during the recent 4-0 series loss against England and focus on improving for future series.
The Australian squad are currently in the United Arab Emirates for a limited overs tour against Pakistan, which will include three ODIs and Twenty20 Internationals.
Watson stated that the team were ashamed of their 4-0 ODI series loss to England, and hope to register a win in the upcoming series against Pakistan.
“Obviously we’re very disappointed about the result in England in the one-day series, now’s the time to really regroup and spend the time working on the deficiencies we’ve got as individuals and within the team,” Watson said.
After playing Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates, Australia will play in the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Twenty20 next month in Sri Lanka, before hosting South Africa, Sri Lanka and the West Indies at home.
The Australians will also travel to India for a tour and play against arch-rivals England in a back-to-back Ashes series.
Watson believes that by playing against some of the world’s top teams, Australia can prepare for the Ashes against England.
“It’s a perfect lead-in really to be able to get ourselves in a great position as a team. Hopefully everything can come together in the summer as a great launching pad into the Ashes next year,” Watson said.
Watson is currently recovering from a calf injury he sustained in the ODI series against England, and stated that he was on the road to recovery.
“Over the next few days I’ll be back into the full swing of things, it’s been a pretty frustrating time but I’m continuing to adapt what I’m doing and slightly change what I’m doing to stay fit for a period of time. By the end of the camp I should be up to full capacity,” Watson added.
Watson has been rested for the three ODI matches, but will be part of the Twenty20 squad in order to get him ready for the World Twenty20 next month.