Umpires had taken correct decisions: Watson

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Published: Monday, February 27, 2012, 14:40 [IST]
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Watson trusts umpires' decisions

Sydney, Feb 27: Team India might be frustrated about the 'obstruction' incidents in the tri-series against Australia on Sunday but Australia's stand-in captain Shane Watson feels the two umpires had taken correct decisions.

[Also read: Obstructing the field controversy in Sydney]

Australia thrashed India by 87 runs to qualify for the tri-series finals.

The two controversial decisions which went against India when David Hussey was given not out for 'obstructing the field' and Sachin Tendulkar was run-out after Brett Lee's obstruction.

"Taufel and Bowden are the two best umpires in the world. I have total trust in them. They would have given a lot of thought into what goes into that decision. To be involved in running Sachin out, it would never be ideal to the great man," said Watson.

[Also Read: Lee's obstruction ends Sachin's run]

"I thought he was disappointed with Gambhir for taking that one as probably there was no run in it. He was not happy and kept looking back at Gambhir all the way back," he said at the post-match press conference.

Watson was surprised to see the lack of consistency in the Indian batting line-up throughout the tour of Australia.

"Just to see a few of their guys got out tonight ... the likes of Kohli and Dhonis, it's just not about scoring but how consistently they do it. Sachin and Sehwag are big guns to miss out consistently. You never really see with this Indian team," Watson said.

"Usually there are one or two of those guys scoring big in majority of games. This is where they are lacking compared to when they are at their best. They are too many amazing and world class legends not to turn it around," he said.

Watson felt india were finding hard to cope up with the conditions and the pitch at the SCG.

"With slight drizzle and wicket got dew, there was a bit more (in the pitch) than when we were batting, more seam movement and it also bounced a bit more. That played into our hands and 250 was a good score," said Watson who stood in for Michael Clarke, out of the match due to a stiff back.

"Today's was different to any other wicket in India. It's more fair to bowlers than IPL which is more geared towards 200-plus totals and more difficult for bowlers. It's nice to see things in favour of bowlers," he said.

Watson was alerted a day before the game about leading the side against India, he said coach Mickey Arthur and skipper Michael Clarke were great support and is happy with his performance.

"I was told yesterday. I did whole planning last night, first to see if I was able to count to 50 and get the bowling right. (Mickey) Arthur and (Michael) Clarke were great support last night, they made my job hell of a lot easier," he said.

"I could have bowled full ten overs. But I just wanted to balance and don't want to overbowl as captain. Captaincy took my mind off body. Just arranging for the bowlers and fielders was a good distraction," he said.

Watson said Clarke would return for the final match against Sri Lanka at Melbourne on Friday, March 2.


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