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Shane Watson

Despite scoring a one-day best 161 today, Shane Watson said: "I haven't really been thinking about cricket too much to be honest"

Shane Watson expects his one-day best unbeaten 161 will be quickly put into context when he visits his flood-stricken home town of Ipswich tomorrow.

Watson inspired Australia to a six-wicket win in the first Commonwealth Bank Series one-day international, batting through the innings to help chase down England's 294 in Melbourne.

Watson sealed victory with a six off Ajmal Shahzad and in doing so finished with the fifth highest score by an Australia batsman in limited-overs cricket.

But afterwards the 29-year-old admitted cricket had been the furthest thing from his mind this week following the devastating effects of the Australian floods in Queensland.

The tragedy has claimed 18 lives so far and Watson revealed he would use a gap in the one-day schedule to fly to Ipswich, where his parents and sister still live, for the first time since the floods hit.

"It's going to be heart-wrenching to see the devastation," said Watson.

"My mind and my heart has been there so it's going to be nice to get up there and feel like I can actually help out in some way.

"I haven't really been thinking about cricket too much to be honest. It's been all about what has been going on back home and also trying to organise things I can do after this game to help out in any way I can.

"It's going to be great to get up to Ipswich and do everything I can to help out, whichever way that is.

"No doubt my mind has been there and I suppose that does free your mind when you are thinking about other things and does put a game of cricket into perspective.

"It's nice to be able to put on a performance like this. Hopefully there's a few people watching it who will get some encouragement."

Shane Watson

"To get through and get 100 is going to build my confidence," said Watson, who failed to reach that landmark in the Ashes despite four fifties

Watson will remain in Ipswich for two days before rejoining the Australia team ahead of Friday's second ODI in Hobart.

Until then he plans to tour Ipswich, 30 kilometres east of Brisbane, with the town's Mayor Pisasale and meet residents.

"I've organised a sausage sizzle at (local hardware store) Bunnings down at Booval, which is one of the suburbs," he added.

"The Bunnings was flooded. With Mayor Pisasale we are going to go around and try and lift some spirits of people in any way we possibly can."

Turning his attention back to the current series, Watson admitted it had been a relief to reach triple figures following a disappointing Ashes.

The opener has drawn criticism for his failure to turn starts into hundreds, but believes he will have silenced at least some of his doubters today.

"To get through and get 100 is going to build my confidence." he said. "It's a different form of the game (from Test cricket) so it's a very different concentration, but I'm happy to have got there.

"Throughout that innings I got dropped once and there were a few shanks that went in the gap, so you definitely need that bit of luck to get a bigger score.

"Deep down it would have been good to get a few bigger ones, or at least one big one, during the Ashes."

The all-rounder added that he hoped the win, following on from their success in Friday's Twenty20 international, could be the start of a run to turn their recent poor form around.

"We've got to keep reminding ourselves that we are a good team after the disappointment and how we played during the Ashes," he said.

"It definitely did dent out confidence because of how we performed. Hopefully we can get on a roll. It's nice to win two games back-to-back.

"We are the number-one ranked team in the world, so hopefully by winning tonight we can start to realise again that we are a very good one-day team and on our day we are very hard to beat."

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