Watson vows to change his appalling record of run-outs in Tests

Melbourne: Australian allrounder Shane Watson has vowed to change his appalling record of run-outs at Test level.

The Australian allrounder was involved in his eighth run-out in 33 Tests when he and Ricky Ponting got caught up in a horrible mix-up during this week`s series opener against the West Indies in Bridgetown.

The incident left Ponting fuming and Watson distraught, The Herald Sun reports.

Watson admitted that he needs to find a way to improve his running between the wickets.

“Unfortunately I`ve been involved in too many run-outs, which is not good enough, but this one especially really did affect me,” Watson said.

“I made sure that I`ve given Ricky a few presents ... because it did affect me a lot. I`ll be doing everything I possibly can to make sure it doesn`t happen again,” he said.

As the common denominator in almost half the 21 run outs that Australia have endured when Watson is in the Test team, he freely admits it`s his issue alone to solve.

“I know from my perspective I`m very honest with myself to know that`s something I do need to rectify. But also peer group pressure means I certainly need to,” he said.