Sydney: Ahead of Australia’s tour of the West Indies, acting cricket captain Shane Watson has admitted that some members of his team are tired.
The one-day side headed to the West Indies on Friday, just over 12 hours after winning the tri-series title against Sri Lanka in Adelaide.
It is the final phase of a packed eight-month schedule, which included tours to Sri Lanka, South Africa and the West Indies, and a full summer of domestic combat against New Zealand, India and Sri Lanka, a leading daily reports.
“There’s no doubt some guys that have played the whole summer who are going to be a little bit tired,” Watson said at Sydney Airport on Friday.
“But in the end, that’s part and parcel of playing international cricket. You are playing just about all year round, and you`ve got to find ways to be able to freshen up whenever you possibly can and to be able to keep doing everything you can to stay as fresh as you can to be able to perform,” he said.
Tiredness isn’t going to be a factor for Watson, who missed most of the international matches due to injury.
“From my perspective, I’m very fresh after missing the majority of the summer. So, I’m really excited about being able to go and continue to play a lot more cricket,” Watson said.
Watson, who led the team in the last tri-series final, will hold onto the job for at least the early portion of the one-day series in the West Indies, due to a hamstring strain to regular captain Michael Clarke.