Watson says Oz happy after ODI series win

Updated: Sep 17, 2013, 14:19 PM IST

Sydney: Australian all-rounder Shane Watson has insisted that his side is more happier now ahead of the upcoming tour to India and a home Ashes series following their one-day international series win against England.

Watson hit 143 from 107 balls with 12 fours and six sixes, passing 5,000 one-day runs in the process and Michael Clarke made 75 as the pair shared a partnership of 163 for the fourth wicket during their side`s win against the hosts at Southampton in the fifth ODI.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Watson, who made his eight one-day century in the match, dismissed reports of discontent in the camp, saying that Australia is a much happier side than before and predicted a bright future for the cricket under new coach Darren Lehmann.

Stating that his side was aware that it was crucial that they win the game and come away with a series victory, Watson also said that they did not have much success on this tour so far, adding that every player is now enjoying himself unlike the beginning of the tour.

Watson further said that they wanted to change things in a big way and be more consistent, adding that every player is excited following their win.

Watson`s century was the decisive factor as Australia won their first trophy of an English summer in which they have contested the Champions Trophy, the Ashes and this five-match series, the report added.