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Injured Clarke may be replaced by Watson as captain for Kotla Test match

March 21, 2013

Injured Clarke to be replaced by Watson

The Australian team has been undergoing a poor phase in international cricket. Apart from losing the four match series before the final Test at Kotla, 3-0 and suspension of four Australian players, they have received a major jolt with the participation of their prime batsmen and skipper, Michael Skipper hanging in the balance for the last Test match of the series. Shane Watson will lead the side, if he is not declared fit for the game.

Clarke’s absence from the team would mean a big loss for the Australian team, as he has been one of the main stay of the Aussies team, as far their batting is concerned. In the three Test matches played so far, he is easily Australia’s best batsmen with an aggregate of 286 runs in the series so far. If the player does not recover from his back injury, the Australians will not only miss his batting skills but also his leadership skills on the field. The player did not participate in the training session yesterday at Kotla as well.

According to various reports that is floating currently, Shane Watson and Michael Clarke were not seen communicating with one another during the training session. A cold seems to be brewing between the senior pair. But, Michael Clarke has stated that if he is not fit for the Test match, Watson will get his vote to lead the Australian team. Their relations seem to have taken a dip after the vice-captain, Watson was dropped from the team for the third Test match after he along with three other players failed to come up with a presentation as ordered by the coach, Mickey Arthur. This does not auger well for the Australian team, who are already in a soup.

Watson needs to forget how things had shaped up in the past and look for the future, else it is going to impact his individual performance and on the process also the Australian team overall. Watson, being the senior player of the team, if handed over the captaincy needs to carry the team on his front-foot and help them avoid a series whitewash.

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