When news happens, text BAZ and your photos or videos to 80360. Or contact us by email and phone.
Watson and Clarke enjoy their Ageas Bowl return
England were upstaged by two former Hampshire stars as Australia clinched the Natwest Series at The Ageas Bowl last night.
Michael Carberry was out for 30 as England lost the series decider by 49 runs, with Shane Watson (143) and Michael Clarke (75) sharing a match-winning 163 in 22 overs at the ground they used to call home.
Nine years after playing for Hampshire together, pictures of Watson and Clarke still hang from the walls of the Ageas Bowl’s pavilion and they used all their experience as Australia clinched the ODI series 2-1 on a bitterly cold night.
Watson said: “I’m not sure it’s an advantage but I certainly love coming here. I’ve always had a great time coming here, I always really love coming back to a place where I really feel comfortable.
“The wicket is certainly different to the one that was here in 2004 and 2005 and it’s certainly one of the best one-day wickets around now.
“In the t20 game here, it was one of the best t20 wickets I have ever played on - batting-wise and also bowling.
“It’s on the way to being a great cricket stadium as well so it’s great to come back and see how it’s evolved.”
Clarke, at the other end for most of Watson’s innings, added: “To be able to play like that in what was a final for us shows his class. We have worked extremely hard and this is a nice reward.
“It is about continuing to perform for this team. We want to be the number one, one-day team in the world.”
England lost Jonathan Trott to a back spasm shortly before the start but captain Eoin Morgan was disappointed they did not chase down the required 299 without him.
He said: “It was absolutely a gettable total. At one stage it looked as though they’d get 350 so after restricting them to 300 on a very good wicket it’s disappointing not to have got closer or even over the line.
“We lost wickets throughout the innings, we didn’t have a substantial innings from anyone but the biggest positive from this series is that we’ve seen young cricketers perform at this level against a very good Australia side.
“Jordan, Stokes and Rankin all impressed and that’s a huge positive because it’s very important we have depth in our squad.”
Comments are closed on this article.