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India vs Australia 2013: Leading Australia is a dream come true, says Shane Watson

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Shane Watson is the stand-in skipper for Australia in the fourth Test against India after Michael Clarke was ruled out due to injury © Getty Images

New Delhi: Mar 22, 2013

Allrounder Shane Watson, who has been named Australia‘s stand-in skipper on Friday, said that leading the national team is like a dream come true and admitted he was mentally preparing for the job as soon as he landed here for the fourth and final Test.

“It’s really a dream come true to be asked to captain your country,” Watson said.

After Michael Clarke was ruled out of the ongoing Test with a back spasm, Watson became the 44th Test captain of Australia.

“It’s obviously very disappointing that Michael hasn’t come up, his batting and leadership will certainly be sorely missed, but I’m looking forward to the challenge and responsibility over the next five days,” Watson told ESPN cricinfo.

“Michael and Mickey talked to me about it when I first arrived back in India (from Sydney) so I knew it was always going to be touch and go with Michael to be at good fitness and able to play,” the Queenslander said.

“I mentally started preparing from there knowing I could have the opportunity,” the 32-year-old added.

Watson was amongst the four Australian players who were axed for the third Test in Mohali on disciplinary grounds and he then flew back to back home for the birth of his son.

“It has been a very up and down week emotionally. To be stood down from a Test match hit me very hard and it’s been a great process over the week to get back into the team and contribute again.

“It’s amazing how if you get through the tough times some nice things come along,” he said.

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