Shane Watson savours match-winning innings against England
Last Updated: September 17, 2013 9:24am
Shane Watson savoured his century for Australia after their 49-run win over England secured a 2-1 victory in the NatWest Series.
Watson's superb innings of 143 helped Australia set a total of 299 and Ravi Bopara's 62 runs were in vain as the hosts fell short at the Ageas Bowl.
"It's been an amazing tour and even though we haven't had the results we wanted, things have changed for the better in a big way and we're certainly having a lot of fun."
"That was a lot of fun," he told Sky Sports.
"I knew how important that was for us to win today and come away with a series win, we haven't had much success on the tour so far so it was nice to finish off the way we did.
"It was a lot more difficult with Boyd Rankin with his bouncer. It was a good challenge, especially early on, but we just had to make the most of their fourth and fifth bowler and try to capitalise on that.
"It's a part in their team we think is one of their weaker parts at this point in time and we want to try to capitalise on that.
"Even the guys that have come in have been high-quality bowlers and we have to try to score some other way, so that was our plan."
Australia slumped to a 3-0 defeat in the Ashes series, but Watson is optimistic about the future after ending the tour on a high.
"Things have changed quite a bit and I think the most important thing is everyone's really enjoying themselves, he said.
"At the start of the tour we weren't really enjoying ourselves that much for all that was going on.
"It's been an amazing tour and even though we haven't had the results we wanted, things have changed for the better in a big way and we're certainly having a lot of fun.
"We're playing the brand of cricket we know is going to give us success. We just need to be more consistent with it.
"I think everybody's really excited about what lies ahead."
England captain Eoin Morgan was pleased with his inexperienced bowlers, but disappointed with the batting display.
"We thought it was a chaseable target before we lost wickets continuously through the innings and we failed to have any individual put up a substantial score or put up a match-winning innings, he said.
"We haven't built it towards the back end like we did at Cardiff which is a bit disappointing.
"But again in this series we've learned a lot about the young guys coming through, with a couple of prospects in particular.
"Ben Stokes has been fantastic, Boyd Rankin has always looked like taking wickets and Chris Jordan today looked threatening."