Watson: I’ve only got myself to blame

2015 World Cup

Australia allrounder Shane Watson says he can blame no-one but himself after being dropped from Australia's ODI team for their World Cup match against Afghanistan in Perth on Wednesday.

Watson, who has scored just 245 runs in his last 10 ODI innings, was left out of the side for fellow allrounder James Faulkner, who was returning from a side strain injury.

The form of batsman Steve Smith and the emergence of Mitchell Marsh has seen the Australia selectors lose patience with the burly number three batsman, who has seen his form tail off in all formats of international cricket.

The 33 year-old Watson did however say he will work hard on his game, and if an opportunity to play comes, he must make sure he is ready to grab it.

Watson said: "Of course, it's always disappointing to get dropped. [The selectors] talked to me more than me talking to them, it's just the way it goes. I haven't scored enough runs, as simple as it is.

"In the end all I can do is make sure I'm ready to go if an opportunity arises, but I know I haven't scored enough runs so I've only got myself to blame.

"I believe in myself and my own ability, so if an opportunity comes along I'll be ready to go."