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Apr 20, 2013 at 10:18am IST

Shane Watson steps down from Test vice-captaincy

Melbourne: Shane Watson has stood down from the vice-captaincy of the Australian Test team, citing a need to 'focus' his attention on scoring runs and taking wickets. "I think it's the right time for a change for both the team and me," Watson, 31, said in a statement released by Cricket Australia on Saturday.

"I'll be honest and admit I wrestled with the decision for some time, however once I made up my mind, I informed Cricket Australia so the selectors could consider their options for the Ashes given the squads will be announced soon.

"I want to be the best Test player I can be for Australia and think I can do that by stepping down from the vice-captaincy to focus my attention on scoring runs, taking wickets and doing whatever is necessary to help the team achieve success.

Shane Watson steps down from Test vice-captaincy

Shane Watson has stood down from the vice-captaincy, citing a need to 'focus' his attention on scoring runs and taking wickets.

"I won't be the vice-captain in title but I think I can still be a leader and strong contributor around the group." Michael Clarke is the current captain of the Australian Test team.

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