Skipper Watson hoping for positive start

Kingstown, St Vincent – Stand-in skipper Shane Watson believes Australia’s recent successes over India and Sri Lanka will mask any world-weariness when they kick-off their Caribbean tour.

Australia tackle the West Indies in the first of five Digicel One-Dayers on Friday at Arnos Vale Cricket Ground. The ODIs will be followed by two Twenty20s and three Tests on the seven-week tour -- a trip they set off on just 12 hours after their Tri-Nations win over Sri Lanka in Adelaide.

Watson, deputising for injured full-time captain Michael Clarke, insists his squad can impress, with younger players desperate to make their mark.

“It's a very exciting time in Australian cricket,” Watson said at the Digicel Series media launch at Arnos Vale on Wednesday. “To think even 12 months ago that things were being said that the depth in Australian cricket might not be that good, to actually see the guys who are coming through.”

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 02:46