Shane Watson says it is the "ultimate honour" to be named Australia's 44th Test Captain, but admits the team will miss Michael Clarke's good form in the fourth Test of the VB Tour of India, starting today in Delhi.
"I'm really excited about this, about the opportunity, but it is disappointing that Michael isn't going to be fit for this Test match," Watson says.
"Everything that he provides the team. Firstly his batting, we are going to miss that, the amazing touch that he is in at the moment, but also his high quality leadership skills.
"Hopefully I can try and fill the void in some way to be able to help the team finish on a really good note."
The awarding of the captaincy comes at the end of a roller coaster week for Watson, who was suspended for the third Test in Mohali for disciplinary reasons and then flew back to Australia for the birth of his son, Will.
"It's certainly been a very up and down week emotionally. To be stood down from a Test match hit me very hard.
"Now to be able to come back and see how we have really moved forward as a team, which is very exciting after the last week, and now to have the opportunity to captain my country.
"It's amazing to see how if you can just get through the tough times some nice things can come along so I am really excited."
Michael Clarke has been unable to fully train since arriving in Delhi, with many commentators predicting Watson would led the team out at the Feroz Shah Kotla ground.
"Michael and Mickey talked to me about it when I first arrived back in India so I knew it was always going to be touch and go with Michael to be at good fitness and able to play," admits Watson.
"I mentally started preparing from there knowing I could have the opportunity."
India currently led the series 3-0.
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First Posted 22 March, 2013 2:15PM AEST