Watson lauds Australias fighting abilities


Australia's stand-in captain Shane Watson was delighted at his team
standing up to the test after scoring a none-too-impressive 231 against
Sri Lanka in the third and decisive final of the CB series here on

"After getting 231 we knew we were going to have to
bowl and field extremely well to defend that and we certainly did that
through the whole 48-49 overs," Watson said after Australia's victory.

what we've been talking about, to actually put it all together, and we
were able to do that and that is very satisfying. It was very exciting for
the whole group to know we can put that all together in a big game.

didn't always bowl to our plans over the last couple of games, in the
first final in Brisbane we let it slip a bit, and nearly lost that first
game. So it was just an all-round bowling performance to be able to put it
all together."

Watson praised the team for raising the bar on the

"Also a fielding performance to keep the intensity
throughout the whole 50 overs. It is brilliant to see that when the guys
really set their minds to it we can do it, and that's a standard we set
tonight that that's the way we want to play our cricket."

himself was impressive as a leader of the pack in the absence of Michael
Clarke who, at various times, suffered from hamstring and back strains.

been a very exciting time for myself to be able to see the game from a
different perspective has been a lot of fun, that I suppose normally
standing out on the fence you're normally trying to deflect a bit of
banter that's coming your way.

"So actually being there around
the bowlers all the time, communicating with them, is a lot of fun, and
it's nice when everyone sticks their hands up like they did tonight. We
didn't get as many as we'd like with the bat, but if we bowl that well
like we showed tonight we definitely had enough.

"That's going to
be the biggest challenge (to refresh), because you've certainly got to
enjoy the good times and the good wins as well," Watson said.

allrounder admitted that some of the players would be tired.

think we have 5.15am leave from the hotel, so there could be a few tired
blokes after celebrating tonight, because you do have to make the most of
your good days. Playing cricket and sport in general you don't always have
good days.

"So as long as it's not too crazy and too hectic the
guys have a bit of time to freshen up on the flight and make sure once we
get to the West Indies that we're ready to go next Friday."

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