Morris: I take my hat off to Watson

Australia

Rajasthan Royals bowler Chris Morris has praised Shane Watson as being a great team man after he gave up the captaincy of the IPL franchise side to concentrate on his game for the last few matches of the tournament.

Fellow Aussie Steve Smith took over the leadership reins for their last match against the Chennai Super Kings with Watson showing how important he is to the team when he opened the batting and the bowling in the game.

South Africa paceman Morris says he can understand why Watson wanted to be relieved of the captaincy duties as T20 cricket is tough on allrounders.

Morris told iplt20.com: "The decision was taken a couple of days ago. It is a tough job to captain a T20 team, especially when you are bowling first and your mind is all over the game.
 
"And then you come off and strap your batting pads on in 10 minutes. It becomes a bit of a roller-coaster game.

"I doff my hat off to Watson for giving up the captaincy and taking more responsibility for his batting. It was a responsible thing to do. We all appreciated it as team men and moved on from there."

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