Dumped all-rounder Shane Watson has spoken for the first time since his axing from the Australian Test team.

Watson explained that the axing hurt and that he was very disappointed, but also added that “I only have myself to blame”.

“I am not exactly sure at the moment what my immediate future holds,” Watson said.

“I have been very lucky and fortunate through my career to have plenty of opportunities and I just didn’t score enough runs, it’s as simple as that.

“I am just disappointed in myself that I wasn’t able to perform well enough to be a part of such an exciting Ashes series.

“I’ll just have to see what happens in the future, but in the end the most important thing is that whoever goes out onto the field we put on the best showing we possibly can to get back in this series.”

Watson has played 59 Tests for Australia and 187 ODIs, but the 34-year-old has refused to give up on being selected for Australia again, despite his recent poor form.

“I still feel I have got a lot to give,” he said.

“I still feel I am only getting better and improving in all formats.

“While I’m still really loving playing, enjoying every single moment and trying to get better every time I play and train I want to keep playing as long as that’s still there.

“You never know what’s around the corner, obviously I haven’t played in the last couple of Test matches so I don’t know .. but I’m still excited what the future holds.”