Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Floods Shock Opener

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Floods Shock Opener

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CRICKET: Australian all-rounder Shane Watson says he has a new perspective on life.

Watching the devastation of floods in his home town of Ipswich, Watson says cricket appears ainconsequentiala.

The Ashes defeat suddenly doesn't mean as much; nor does delivering one of the greatest international Twenty20 performances.

aOver the last couple of days, it has really, for me personally, put things into perspective of exactly what cricket means and what life means, with all the devastation that has been in my home town, Ipswich,a Watson said.

aFor me it has really put the Ashes defeat and what cricket is, it has put it in perspective.

aI love playing and have a lot of fun doing it.

aBut what we do is inconsequential to the heartache and devastation that's going through my home town at the moment.a

Watson's parents and sister still live in Ipswich, where he grew up.

aWe are very lucky that we live away from the river on a higher part of Ipswich,a he said. …

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