Australia outplayed by `complete` England: Watson

Updated: Jan 06, 2011, 22:31 PM IST

Sydney: Australia`s Shane Watson says the touring England side is one of the most complete in the game as they marched ominously towards an Ashes series-clinching victory against the "totally outplayed" hosts on Thursday.

England are three wickets away from a first series triumph in Australia in 24 years after day four of the fifth and final Test with Australia 2-1 down in the series and still trailing by 151 runs.

"There`s no doubt we`ve let ourselves down in the way that we`ve played," Watson told reporters. "But there`s no doubt as well that the English have played extremely well."

"The last two games the way they`ve bowled, they`ve made the most of all conditions whether it`s seaming and swinging, or going reverse and turning."

"They`ve been outstanding the way they`ve bowled. When they`ve batted, they`ve made the most of nice batting conditions."

"Hats off to them. They`ve played unbelievably well. Unfortunately for us, we haven`t played up to our standard at all really."

Watson was in the Australian side that lost two Tests in India before the Ashes series and the 29-year-old said the England side compared favourably with the top ranked Test side.

"They`re very good," he said. "There`s no doubt, India in their conditions have got an unbelievably balanced team. But the way the English have played here in all facets has been very impressive."

"The way they`ve stood up, all of their players really, throughout this whole series has been very impressive. The Australian team unfortunately hasn`t done that."

"As a group we were trying to rebuild after Melbourne," he added. "We still had so much to play for in this game. Unfortunately, we`ve been totally outplayed again."

Australia lost by an innings in Adelaide and again last week in Melbourne and are face a third drubbing by a similar margin on Friday morning.

"It`s not great, is it?" Watson said. "In the end, we are doing our absolute best and it hasn`t been good enough. Losing so far by two innings is not good at all."

"It means we`ve been convincingly outplayed in two Test matches so far, and it`s not looking great for tomorrow as well."

Bureau Report