SYDNEY: Australia’s one-day side had barely 12 hours to celebrate their Tri-series victory before desertion for the Caribbean on Friday and stand-in captain Shane Watson conceded there be some tired players in his squad.
The hosts triumph win by 16 runs in Adelaide on Thursday to win the final series against Sri Lanka 2-1 and take down the curtain on an Australian summer of international cricket that has continuous almost unabated since December 1.There's no doubt there are a few guys that have played the full summer who are going to be a little bit tired but in the end, that's part and parcel of playing international cricket,"Shane Watson Watson told newspapers at Sydney Airport.
You are playing just about all year round, and you've got to stumble on ways to be able to freshen up whenever you probably can and to be able to keep doing all you can to stay as fresh as you can to be able to perform."All rounder Watson will captain the side for the 5-match one-day series, 2 T20, 3 test matches. On first match star the next Friday. St Vincent as Michael Clarke recuperates from a left hamstring injury.
Australia only have to win or tie just one of the matches to be sure of retain the number one spot in the ICC ODI rankings but Watson said their ambition were much higher than that after a very well performance against Sri Lanka on Thursday. We need to keep up that standard because if we do bowling and field like that we're going to win just on all game that we play, he said. I think we really set a normal last night that we need to maintain no matter what and I truly believe that we can do it.
It's a challenge to be proficient to continue to get up like that all single game but we are playing for our country, so there's no excuse. Another injury concern is fast bowler James Pattinson, who traveled with the team but is suffer from a strained buttock muscle. It’s big to be able to see a fast with a bit of mongrel about him and has the skills to rear it up," Watson added.