SYDNEY: Cricket Australia has officially confirmed that all-rounder Shane Watson will lead the Australian side in the third and the final T20 international against India at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on Sunday (January 31). Shane Watson will replace the regular T20 skipper Aaron Finch, who had injured his left hamstring during the second T20 at Melbourne.
Australia’s National Selection panel has recommended the appointment of Shane Watson to captain the final T20 against India, which was later approved by the Cricket Australia’s Board of Directors. “It is an honor to lead the Australian team. Though the current scenario is far from ideal, there is a great deal to play for with the ICC T20 World Cup coming up”, Watson said speaking on his appointment as the skipper.
“We may have lost the series. But we are determined to come back hard. Apart from winning the games, our main focus will be on preparing for the upcoming mega-tourney”, he added. Watson had previously captained for his country in one Test and nine One-Day Internationals during 2012-13.
Shane Watson will be the ninth player to lead the national T20 team and is also the country’s second most experienced T20 player with 51 caps, only after David Warner (54). The 34-year-old all-rounder is also the leading wicket taker for Australia in T20s with 41-wickets.
With Aaron Finch being ruled out, Usman Khawaja will replace him in the third T20I against India and also for the upcoming One-Day series in New Zealand.