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‘If Sachin can struggle, so can we’

The failure of Australia's top order with the bat was one of the main reasons why the men from Down Under were whitewashed by India 0-4 in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy which ended at the Feroz Shah Kotla on Sunday.

In almost every Australia innings, the highest score came from a batsman batting below No. 6. However, stand-in skipper Shane Watson defended his batsmen by saying that if Sachin Tendulkar can struggle, so can they.  ‘The top order tried whatever possible but sometimes you just end up playing a bad shot. The conditions and wickets were also tough. You have to consider that one of the greatest batsmen of all time Sachin Tendulkar also struggled in these conditions and our youngsters can be encouraged and take heart from the fact that it is not just them who struggled,’ said Watson in the post-match press conference.

Watson personally took responsibility for not performing in the series, his highest score being 28. ‘I should have scored runs considering the amount of cricket I have played here, but could not. My role as a specialist batsman did not work. I wanted to contribute but could not perform and I personally take the blame for this,’ he said.
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