Watson hails 'brilliant' McKay

Stand-in skipper praises seamer after finals success

Last Updated: 08/03/12 5:23pm

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Australia stand-in captain Shane Watson spoke of his pride after his side's winning effort in the deciding match of the CB Series final against Sri Lanka.

The hosts were indebted to Victoria seamer Clint McKay as they narrowly defended their below-par 231 total in the winner-takes-all showdown at Adelaide Oval.

McKay scooped man-of-the-match honours for his figures of 5-28 in the narrow 16-run triumph, and Watson was quick to praise the man of the moment after the match.

"Clint McKay was absolutely brilliant. It's great to see someone like him bowl so well."
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"We had to bowl and field very well and we certainly did that tonight," Watson said.

Pressure

"That's a serious performance to be able to defend 231 on that wicket, so I am very proud of all the boys.

"Clint McKay was absolutely brilliant. It's great to see someone like him bowl so well."

Sri Lanka skipper Mahela Jayawardene believes it was a lack of solid partnerships which cost his side victory in the final of the ODI tri-series.

"Initially if we were given 231 we would have taken it," said Jayawardene.

"They put a lot of pressure on us, we fought well but the lack of partnerships upfront did us. We could not execute a good game plan.

"The important thing was to make sure that we had a couple of partnerships up front but we lost three, four wickets very quickly and it was a tough task for the rest of the boys to try and win through.

"They almost did and they showed a lot of character, but the Australians had the upper hand and deserved to win."

Quality

Despite the defeat, the Sri Lankan skipper was proud of the way some of the younger players performed throughout the three-nation competition which also included India.

"(I am) very proud of the boys (for the way they played) against two quality teams," he said.

"The objective is to rebuild for the next four years and we've learnt a lot and I'm proud of the youngsters."

Former skipper Tillakaratne Dilshan meanwhile expressed his disappointment at failing at the final hurdle, but was pleased to have been named Man of the Series.

"I am disappointed tonight with how we finished the series. We have played this series very well after coming here from South Africa," said Dilshan.

"It has been a difficult period after the World Cup for us but we competed hard. On a personal front, I am pleased to have done well in all the departments of the game."

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