23 Mar 2013

Watson to captain Australia in fourth test

12:56 pm on 23 March 2013

Shane Watson will become Australia's 44th test cricket captain after Michael Clarke's back injury ruled him out of the fourth and final Test against India.

Watson's promotion caps a remarkable turnaround in fortunes for the vice-captain after he was suspended from last week's third test at Mohali.

He only arrived back in India on Tuesday after returning home and attending the birth of his first child when suspended along with three other players for failing to submit ideas on how to improve the struggling team as required by coach Mickey Arthur.