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    If Sachin Tendulkar can struggle, so can we: Shane Watson

    New Delhi: After the 4-0 loss to India, Shane Watson took the responsibility for not performing in the series. Australian batsmen struggled throughout the series against Indian spinners, with R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja being the pick of the bowlers.

    In most of the Australia innings, the most number of runs were scored by the lower order batsmen. However, stand-in skipper Shane Watson defended his batsman 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.

    "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 for the success of the team, being a senior and experienced batsman but could not perform and I personally take the blame for this. However, it is good to see Mitchell Starc and Peter Siddle bat beautifully throughout the tour."

    "I thought we were definitely in the game with 155 as the target but things did not go according to plan. We were very close and one or two wickets earlier, we could have been in with a real chance. Even when India were 15-20 runs away I thought we could bowl them out as the wicket was playing tricks with some balls keeping low and some taking off," said the 31-year-old Queenslander.

    Shane Watson also praised Cheteshwar Pujara, who had a successfull series, and was the second highest run scorer in the series.

    With inputs from IANS