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Cricket World Cup: Michael Clarke praised Shane Watson’s Defense



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Australia skipper Michael Clarke praised Shane Watson’s defiance with the bat after their 6 wicket World Cup quarter-final win against Pakistan.

Watson held out against a fiery fast bowling spell from Wahab Riaz to see the co-hosts home with 64 not out.

“I was really impressed with the way the boys handled the pressure, ‘Watto’ especially,” Clarke told BBC Sport.

“He had a bit of luck, getting dropped, but to go on and control the innings and get us home was a credit to him.”

Clarke, who was caught at short mid-wicket in Riaz’s second over, added: “That’s finals cricket at its best – there’s pressure, there’s expectation, everybody seems to go up a gear and Wahab Riaz [who took 2-54] certainly showed that with the balls.

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