England deserving winners - Watson
Shane Watson has admitted Australia can have no complaints as they head towards a seemingly inevitable defeat in the final Ashes Test.
England require just three wickets to complete a 3-1 series triumph after dominating proceedings once again on the fourth day at the SCG.
Matt Prior’s fluent century helped Andrew Strauss’ side to a commanding total of 644 and their position soon grew stronger as Australia slumped to 213 for seven in their second innings.
The hosts require a further 152 runs just to make England bat again tomorrow, with a third innings defeat in four matches the most likely outcome.
A dejected Watson was unable to garner any positives from his side’s abject display, although he was also quick to praise England for their efforts throughout the series.
“Unfortunately for us, we haven’t played to the standard that we know we can at all, so the way the results have panned out is exactly what they should have been,” said the opener, who raced to 38 this afternoon before being run out in dismal fashion.
“There’s no doubt that we’ve let ourselves down in the way that we’ve played, but there’s no doubt as well that the English have played extremely well.
“The way they have bowled in the last two games, they have made the most of all the conditions, whether it’s swinging and seaming in the first innings or whether it’s going reverse and turning.
“They really have been outstanding and when they have batted they have made the most of nice batting conditions.
“Hats off to them, they have played unbelievably well. They have totally outplayed us.”
Although England went into the series with high hopes, few would have expected them to dominate the series in such stunning fashion, least of all Watson.
“With the history of the Ashes and how it’s panned out playing here in our home conditions and us knowing our conditions so well, it has surprised me in a way,” he added.
“But the way they have played, how complete a team they are and the way all of their players have continually stood up throughout this whole series has been impressive and it is unfortunate because the Australian team haven’t done that.”