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    Watson not thinking of Australian captaincy

    Jaipur: Shane Watson could be in contention for the captaincy job of Australia if Michael Clarke misses out the limited overs series against India beginning on October 10, but the allrounder on Friday said that he was not thinking about the leadership role.

    Watson sought to evade a question when he was indirectly asked if he was ready to captain the Australian side if Michael Clarke misses out the India series due to fitness issues.

    "I am batting and bowling and have a big role in the team. I am not thinking about captaincy and I am happy to contribute with the bat and ball," Watson, who is playing for Rajasthan Royals in the Champions League Twenty20, said.

    "Michael Clarke is an experienced player and we would miss him if he is unable to come to India. He has vast experience and is a good player of spin," said Watson who has stepped down as vice-captain of Australia.

    "We (Australia) played good cricket but few bad moments resulted in our defeat (in the Ashes). We could have won a few games but it was disappointing that we could not do it. The last six months since our tour of India have been good.

    "We have a good batting coach and feel confident that we can win back the Ashes," said Watson after slogging at the the nets ahead of Rajasthan Royals' CLT20 match against Perth Scorchers here on Sunday.

    Talking about his own form, Watson, who hit a big hundred in the Ashes and a brilliant 140 in the subsequent ODI series, said, "I am working on technical aspects of my batting. I was finding a bit difficulty in playing in-coming ball. Playing against the best in world has given me lot of confidence."