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Floods in home town leave Watson worried

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Melbourne, Jan 13 (PTI) Heart-wrenched and worried afterwitnessing the people of his home town of Ipswich battleravaging floods, Australian all-rounder Shane Watson has saidthat cricket appeared "inconsequential" compared to thecatastrophe.

The 29-year-old, who was part of the unit that wascapitulated by England during the just concluded Ashes series,said that the 3-1 loss to the traditional rivals was nothingin the face of the wide-scale destruction.

"It''s really put the Ashes defeat ... into perspectivebecause I love doing it and have a lot of fun doing it butwhat we do is inconsequential compared to the heartache anddevastation that''s going on in my hometown at the moment,"Watson said.

"My sister is in Ipswich, she''s one of the lucky ones tobe on high ground. Mum and dad are in Sydney at the moment buttheir house is OK," he mentioned.

Acknowledging the role of his home town in hisprogression, the all-rounder said, "Ipswich has been very,very good to my development as a person, as a cricketerespecially as well, so I owe a lot to them."

"I''m not exactly sure what I can do, but I will begetting in contact with the mayor at some stage once thingssubside a little bit to see exactly what I can do," thecricketer said in the aftermath of Australia''s nail-biting,last ball T20 loss to England in Adelaide yesterday.

"I''m still trying to think about what I can do because itis hard to try and think about what impact I can really have,"Watson was quoted as saying by the ''Herald Sun''.

Earlier, Watson along with his teammates and Englishadversaries donated their match fees from the first Twenty-20international of the series to the Queensland Flood Appeal,and also collected thousands in donations from spectators inbuckets.

Meanwhile, spin wizard Shane Warne has also mulled toorganise a Twenty-20 tie between Warne XI and Vaughan XI toraise the funds for the affected.

Story first published: Thursday, January 13, 2011, 15:15 [IST]
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