World Twenty20 2012 September 29, 2012

Watson 'almost the complete cricketer' - Bailey

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At the rate Shane Watson is cutting through opposition bowling attacks and batting line-ups, George Bailey, the Australia captain, will soon fall short of words to praise his colossal allrounder. After three successive Man-of-the-Match awards at the World Twenty20, Bailey has called Watson "almost the complete cricketer" and said there is no reason why he cannot continue his incredible run against South Africa and then even deeper into the tournament.

"I think he's really set himself to be the man of the tournament, to be the person who leads Australia as far as he can in this tournament," Bailey said ahead of Australia's second Super Eights game against South Africa. "When you see how he plays this form of the game, he's almost the complete cricketer."

Watson has been Australia's leading run-getter and wicket-taker so far in the event - his 164 runs have come at a strike-rate of 170.83 and his eight wickets at an economy-rate of 7.41. His opening partnership along with David Warner has been so successful that Australia's middle order, including Bailey, has hardly had to bat.

What pleased Bailey as much was the comeback of his bowlers against India after they had conceded 191 to West Indies. On a slow Premadasa pitch, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Watson made life difficult for the India batsmen with calculated use of the short ball. Bailey said Cummins' performance - 2 for 16 in four overs - was particularly heartening after he had been taken for runs by Chris Gayle and Co.

"Pat's a weird one because he is intelligent and you don't get many intelligent fast bowlers for starters, particularly at 19," Bailey said. "He is a bit different. I spoke to him after the West Indies game and felt like I was babying him a bit too much. This game [against India], I gave him a licence to bowl to his plans a lot more. He is a good thinker, he has got great execution, he's got good skills; he is someone who, in a short space of time, you learn to trust to execute exactly what the team needs. He is someone who can shake up key batsmen when they come in. He has got that extra pace. On the flip side, pace is only good when you bowl in the right areas, and that was the most pleasing thing [against India], his control and change-ups."

Bailey said the fast bowlers' approach might have to be modified against South Africa, who are more comfortable handling the short delivery, but said that a well-targeted bouncer would always be hard to tackle. "South Africa are an outstanding team. I don't think there is a real weakness there. It will be an interesting game in the way the two teams set up and how they play. [We] are probably quite similar. We'll have to go and see who plays the pull well and who does not, and where they like to score. When we used it [the short ball] against India, we were pretty smart about how we used it. Whether you pull or hook or not, I think if a bowler, particularly with some of the guys we have got with a bit of pace, if they are bowling a bouncer that is on the money, it is still going to be pretty hard to get away."

The nature of the pitch in Colombo has moved subcontinent teams such as India and Pakistan to pack their side with spinners. Pakistan left out Sohail Tanvir in favour of Raza Hasan and India left out Virender Sehwag to play three specialist spinners. Bailey acknowledged that spin would play a bigger role as the tournament progressed, but said playing your best bowlers, whether fast or slow, was the key.

"If your best bowlers are quick bowlers, you still bowl your best bowlers. They have to find ways to adapt. Even as the wicket turns a bit more, I think the quicks will be able to have an impact. It is about getting that balance right. We have got good quicks and our spinners are doing a good job. Whether later on the track, we need to start using Xavier [Doherty] as well - I guess that is something we will look at.

"Good to see [Glenn] Maxwell open the bowling for us. That is a nice option to have going further into the tournament. Dan Christian is starting to bowl deeper into the innings as well. It is good to see we have that flexibility with our bowlers."

Abhishek Purohit is an editorial assistant at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY VivGilchrist on | October 1, 2012, 11:53 GMT

    @Aussasinator,, you are a cricketing mastermind colossus. They should get rid of all the coaching and technology at every teams disposal and call you up for gems of advice like bowling fast and short to Watson. Bravo! Also with England I don't think any other nation puts as much focus into Test cricket than Australia. Genius! Please shower us with more of your great insight.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | September 30, 2012, 22:38 GMT

    @Aussasinator on (September 30 2012, 13:15 PM GMT) - I know trashing Ozzy cricket is one of your favourite past times & occupies your every waking our, but please answer me this IF "...Test this guy with fast short pitched stuff and he'll be exposed and out in no time.Wonder whynobody including SA have tried it so far?" - IF NOBODY has done this before, WHY do you THINK it will work???? Pure fantasy? Watto murders short bowling, it is stuff pitched up AND his own mind/body that gets him out!

  • POSTED BY Aussasinator on | September 30, 2012, 13:15 GMT

    Watson has modelled himself into a T20 cricketer of value, heading the general direction in which Australian cricket is heading - towards the money and popularity. End of test cricket has been progressively signalled by the Aussie cricketers. And yes, the Indian bowling attack is pathetic. Anybody can thrash it not just watson. Test this guy with fast short pitched stuff and he'll be exposed and out in no time.Wonder whynobody including SA have tried it so far.

  • POSTED BY shibuvin on | September 30, 2012, 12:51 GMT

    Complete Cricketer!!! Man of the last four matches he played including today's!!!!!

  • POSTED BY Front-Foot-Lunge on | September 30, 2012, 11:53 GMT

    Almost a complete Aussie cricketer - having lost the Ashes a few thousand times!

  • POSTED BY Meety on | September 30, 2012, 11:21 GMT

    @ Greatest_Game on (September 30 2012, 08:21 AM GMT) "And interestingly, Kallis has a T20I batting ave of 38.47, 8 runs higher than Watson's 30.86" which is INTERESTINGLY the opposite case on bowling averages, you also fail to mention Watto's Strike Rate - that's rather "myopic"!

  • POSTED BY on | September 30, 2012, 8:23 GMT

    Old saying : Do not count your chickens before they are hatched. Another old saying: It's never over till the fat lady sings. Words of caution to George Bailey, before branding any cricketer as "complete". This tournament is far from over !!!

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | September 30, 2012, 8:21 GMT

    Watson's highest Test all-rounder rating - 394. Kallis - 616! Watsons highest ODI all-rounder rating - 433. Kallis - 506! Watson's highest T20I all-rounder rating - 502. Kallis - 249. That tells you pretty much all you need to know. Watson is brilliant in the 20 over format. He's good in the ODI format. But in Test cricket, the most demanding form of the game, where mental and physical skill, endurance and fortitude are tested, Watson is a pygmy next to Kallis. And interestingly, Kallis has a T20I batting ave of 38.47, 8 runs higher than Watson's 30.86. RandyOz - we know you are myopic but to mistake Watson for the best all-rounder in cricket is really just downright embarrassing.

  • POSTED BY on | September 30, 2012, 7:04 GMT

    Not play him. That would be the most effective way of utilizing albie.

  • POSTED BY 777aditya on | September 30, 2012, 5:12 GMT

    Is it?! What should he do to become a complete cricketer then Mr. Bailey? Might I add the fact that your opinion hardly counts - you are nothing but a forgettable chapter in Australian cricket.

  • POSTED BY VivGilchrist on | October 1, 2012, 11:53 GMT

    @Aussasinator,, you are a cricketing mastermind colossus. They should get rid of all the coaching and technology at every teams disposal and call you up for gems of advice like bowling fast and short to Watson. Bravo! Also with England I don't think any other nation puts as much focus into Test cricket than Australia. Genius! Please shower us with more of your great insight.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | September 30, 2012, 22:38 GMT

    @Aussasinator on (September 30 2012, 13:15 PM GMT) - I know trashing Ozzy cricket is one of your favourite past times & occupies your every waking our, but please answer me this IF "...Test this guy with fast short pitched stuff and he'll be exposed and out in no time.Wonder whynobody including SA have tried it so far?" - IF NOBODY has done this before, WHY do you THINK it will work???? Pure fantasy? Watto murders short bowling, it is stuff pitched up AND his own mind/body that gets him out!

  • POSTED BY Aussasinator on | September 30, 2012, 13:15 GMT

    Watson has modelled himself into a T20 cricketer of value, heading the general direction in which Australian cricket is heading - towards the money and popularity. End of test cricket has been progressively signalled by the Aussie cricketers. And yes, the Indian bowling attack is pathetic. Anybody can thrash it not just watson. Test this guy with fast short pitched stuff and he'll be exposed and out in no time.Wonder whynobody including SA have tried it so far.

  • POSTED BY shibuvin on | September 30, 2012, 12:51 GMT

    Complete Cricketer!!! Man of the last four matches he played including today's!!!!!

  • POSTED BY Front-Foot-Lunge on | September 30, 2012, 11:53 GMT

    Almost a complete Aussie cricketer - having lost the Ashes a few thousand times!

  • POSTED BY Meety on | September 30, 2012, 11:21 GMT

    @ Greatest_Game on (September 30 2012, 08:21 AM GMT) "And interestingly, Kallis has a T20I batting ave of 38.47, 8 runs higher than Watson's 30.86" which is INTERESTINGLY the opposite case on bowling averages, you also fail to mention Watto's Strike Rate - that's rather "myopic"!

  • POSTED BY on | September 30, 2012, 8:23 GMT

    Old saying : Do not count your chickens before they are hatched. Another old saying: It's never over till the fat lady sings. Words of caution to George Bailey, before branding any cricketer as "complete". This tournament is far from over !!!

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | September 30, 2012, 8:21 GMT

    Watson's highest Test all-rounder rating - 394. Kallis - 616! Watsons highest ODI all-rounder rating - 433. Kallis - 506! Watson's highest T20I all-rounder rating - 502. Kallis - 249. That tells you pretty much all you need to know. Watson is brilliant in the 20 over format. He's good in the ODI format. But in Test cricket, the most demanding form of the game, where mental and physical skill, endurance and fortitude are tested, Watson is a pygmy next to Kallis. And interestingly, Kallis has a T20I batting ave of 38.47, 8 runs higher than Watson's 30.86. RandyOz - we know you are myopic but to mistake Watson for the best all-rounder in cricket is really just downright embarrassing.

  • POSTED BY on | September 30, 2012, 7:04 GMT

    Not play him. That would be the most effective way of utilizing albie.

  • POSTED BY 777aditya on | September 30, 2012, 5:12 GMT

    Is it?! What should he do to become a complete cricketer then Mr. Bailey? Might I add the fact that your opinion hardly counts - you are nothing but a forgettable chapter in Australian cricket.

  • POSTED BY criccrazy79 on | September 30, 2012, 3:46 GMT

    @Tahir Mahmood,@Chris_P. Cameron White hasn't been of much use lately. Sure he's a big hitter, but what's the use of being a strong hitter if you are not going to contribute in crucial matches. George Bailey has yet to prove himself, and he is new and inexperienced which will definitely put him under a lot of pressure against good bowling attacks.

  • POSTED BY criccrazy79 on | September 30, 2012, 3:25 GMT

    @Lil Anzac. India's bowling attack is very weak. Bangladesh and Ireland could have thrashed India, the way India bowled. And you saw how Afghanistan gave a hard time to India. So Australia were not challenged at all by India. For Australia it must have been like playing a minnow team!! Australia are yet to be properly challenged. But I believe Australia will make it through to the semis at least. But as this is anyone's tournament, any team can beat Australia. Pakistan's batting may be very poor at times, but they can be unpredictable at times. Which is what makes them threatening to other teams. In the 2010 T20I WC semis, Hussey managed to somehow pull off a freak show off Ajmal's last over, which is what made Australia win.Otherwise Australia should have lost that match.

  • POSTED BY criccrazy79 on | September 30, 2012, 3:25 GMT

    @Lil Anzac. India's bowling attack is very weak. Bangladesh and Ireland could have thrashed India, the way India bowled. And you saw how Afghanistan gave a hard time to India. So Australia were not challenged at all by India. For Australia it must have been like playing a minnow team!! Australia are yet to be properly challenged. But I believe Australia will make it through to the semis at least. But as this is anyone's tournament, any team can beat Australia. Pakistan's batting may be very poor at times, but they can be unpredictable at times. Which is what makes them threatening to other teams. In the 2010 T20I WC semis, Hussey managed to somehow pull off a freak show off Ajmal's last over, which is what made Australia win.Otherwise Australia should have lost that match.

  • POSTED BY on | September 30, 2012, 2:23 GMT

    Agree with Muhammad Khan. India simply doesn't have the bowling attack like the other top teams in the super eight.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | September 30, 2012, 2:16 GMT

    @SurlyCynic on (September 29 2012, 18:50 PM GMT) - he may well be if he guides the 9th best T20 team to win the T20 W/Cup!!!!

  • POSTED BY Meety on | September 30, 2012, 0:51 GMT

    @ landl47 on (September 29 2012, 21:27 PM GMT) - maybe he will, but he has 3 or 4 years left as an elite cricketer before he needs to consider anything like that. He is still the 3rd best ODI & Test allrounder (on rankings) currently playing the game, so I totally disagree with "...He really wouldn't be that much of a loss in the other formats."

  • POSTED BY Alexk400 on | September 29, 2012, 22:54 GMT

    Watson for me is best TEAM man. He bowls , fields and score runs faster rate. if he is not injured he is 100% efficient cricketer. its like triple double in NBA. You have to be super athletic to do that. He is athletic. His shots are not from copybook , more of mowing the lawn type shots. He has the power to hit sixers. Great cricketer when he is not injured. if any team has 2 players like him they will win most of their games pretty easy. Aussies used to have warne and mcgrath same time. You need 2 X factor players to blow team out. That said india's bowling was worse than any IPL team. He can't do that against pakistan bowling

  • POSTED BY Alexk400 on | September 29, 2012, 22:49 GMT

    How bailey got captaincy over david hussey is shocking!

  • POSTED BY Meety on | September 29, 2012, 22:09 GMT

    @Gilly4ever on (September 29 2012, 11:01 AM GMT) - I fear that too! @stormy16 on (September 29 2012, 12:11 PM GMT) - very true regarding Watto, regarding bowlers - it's always been Oz's limited over Plan A, to use pacers. Conventional wisdom in the 2007 W/Cup said you needed more spinners, Oz brought in Tait to replace an injured Lee. Tried the same type of thing at the 2011 W/Cup - which ultimately failed. @Ben1989 on (September 29 2012, 12:51 PM GMT) - I agree re: Kallis v Watson. In Tests, its an insult to Kallis to compare him in any way other than on styles/methods. I would say that Watto is a better bowler than Kallis, but the difference in batting is basically 50% in favour of Kallis, (meaning Kallis is 50% better batsmen).

  • POSTED BY landl47 on | September 29, 2012, 21:27 GMT

    Australia should think carefully about limiting Watson to playing T20Is (yes, I'm serious). He simply can't keep fit through a series in the longer formats. Now he's 31 those injuries are going to become more frequent and more severe until, like Ryan Harris, he can't play in any format any more. T20 isn't nearly as hard on the body as tests or ODIs (which is why the IPL is full of players who have retired from regular cricket) and Watson could be a real force for Australia for a few years yet if he just played T20Is. He really wouldn't be that much of a loss in the other formats, since he'll just get injured and have to miss games or series.

  • POSTED BY on | September 29, 2012, 20:21 GMT

    India have to make at least 220 runs in order to win matches wuth this kind of bowling line up...

  • POSTED BY SurlyCynic on | September 29, 2012, 18:50 GMT

    Is Bailey 'almost the complete' captain?

  • POSTED BY RednWhiteArmy on | September 29, 2012, 17:06 GMT

    He's a decent all rounder & respect to him for opening the batting, but he's injury prone. Good in T20 & 50overs but doesnt score enough centuarys for a quality test match opener. Id probably call him the most versatile all rounder of all time.

  • POSTED BY Chris_P on | September 29, 2012, 16:28 GMT

    @iluvpak32. I believe you best wait & view some of the sluggers down the order. Maxwell, believe me, hits as far as Warner. Christian & White are also powerful hitters. We all know just good Hussey is, Wade is also amongst the top keeper/batsmen running around & Bailey has great form in the domestic competion. Perhaps you meant to say, they haven't been needed? The nature of the game means there will be highs & lows, but no way is the Aussie batting lineup limited.

  • POSTED BY AndyZaltzmannsHair on | September 29, 2012, 15:14 GMT

    He's just a big koala bear.

  • POSTED BY on | September 29, 2012, 14:39 GMT

    @Ben1989, brilliant comment. Watson is excellent, but it's funny when people compare good players on great form to some of the best of the game. It will take Watson years (if at all) to reach Kallis' class, esp in tests.

  • POSTED BY TahirMahmood on | September 29, 2012, 13:38 GMT

    Shane Watson having a great form at the moment with bat and ball. If he continue, Australia will win the World Cup. @ iluvpak32- Australia's bating is very deep. After these explosive openers follows M Hussey, C White, J Baily, G Maxwell, M Wade, D Christian. Anyone can change the match in few deliveries. Specially Hussey, Maxwell.

  • POSTED BY bobagorof on | September 29, 2012, 13:16 GMT

    It's funny to hear people complaining that Watson is propping the team up. Sure, he's done well - so well, in fact, that the rest of the battingn order hasn't been seriously tested. But other teams also find a large reliance on one or two players: West Indies rely on Chris Gayle, England rely on Eoin Morgan, India rely on Kohli, South Africa on Kallis and de Villiers. Australia's other bowlers have done very well - Starc and Cummins particularly - so it's not like Watson is the only one having an impact. What if Watson fails? Then another batsman gets a chance to shine. People haven't written off South Africa because they struggled in their last match.

  • POSTED BY LilAnzac on | September 29, 2012, 13:03 GMT

    @ iluvpak32. Are we supposed to apologise for our openers batting well? Did you notice Bowlers also did a job against supposedly best batting team in the world. If Watto gets out there's a bloke by the name of M Hussey to come in and I don't think I have to remind Pak supporters of what he can do in T20s!! ( semi final last T20 world cup - took ajmal apart and sent your team packing). As for vulnerability, Pak batsmen weren't exactly a picture of solidarity against SA either mate!! Without Guls brilliant cameo u lose. The difference is the 2 Ws haven't given anyone a decent look at our middle order yet. Doesn't mean they can't bat..

  • POSTED BY Ben1989 on | September 29, 2012, 12:53 GMT

    & seriously what is with people & taking comments the completely wrong way, Bailey never said he's already man of the tournament, read the comment!! "I think he's really set himself to be the man of the tournament, to be the person who leads Australia as far as he can in this tournament," he said he's set himself to become the man of the tournament meaning if he keeps playing with this form, it'll certainly be the case!

  • POSTED BY Ben1989 on | September 29, 2012, 12:51 GMT

    Randyoz come on mate seriously, yes he's obviously the best allrounder in T20, but test cricket!? are you serious? I'm an aussie & wish he was, but mate he can't make ton if his life depended on it, once he learns to convert all them starts he gets MAYBE yes, did you you forget Kallis still plays test cricket? this guy is one of the legends of the game & you're practically saying Watto is better... ???Watto's bowling maybe a tad better in test at times, but his batting capability in test is no where near Kallis, I understand being an aussie we can be one eyed, but crikey man!!!

  • POSTED BY stormy16 on | September 29, 2012, 12:11 GMT

    Watto is the complete 'limited over cricketer' - he stands a few steps below Kallis and Sobers in the longer version. He really has taken the limited over all rounder to a new level with his power hitting. All teams will start plans to play Aus with how to get past Watson then Warner. Interesting Baily's thoughts that he must go with the best bowlers regardless of the conditions. I see what he means but SL is one of those places where the tracks can get that flat and square turners where you may consider playing a lesser spinner ahead of a quality pace bowler. Dont think it will be a factor this time around though and Oz dont really have too many spin options. I dont understand why David Hussey is not playing - he is a handy spinner.

  • POSTED BY on | September 29, 2012, 11:54 GMT

    Do not Worry; still encounter against pakistan is still left which will determines what callibar Shane watson have.

  • POSTED BY criccrazy79 on | September 29, 2012, 11:25 GMT

    Without Watson and Warner, Australia's batting is very vulnerable. So George Bailey can't rely on Watson all the time. What if Watson gets out early. How then will Australia cope? Yesterday's match against India was largely Watson's victory with both bat and ball!!

  • POSTED BY Ozcricketwriter on | September 29, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    Oh no! No! He's given him the kiss of death! Now he is bound to do terribly!

  • POSTED BY on | September 29, 2012, 11:00 GMT

    why not watson as captain?

  • POSTED BY RandyOZ on | September 29, 2012, 10:47 GMT

    Clearly the best allrounder in test cricket at the moment. Australia are about to enter another decade of dominance and Watto is at the helm.

  • POSTED BY LilAnzac on | September 29, 2012, 10:43 GMT

    South Africa will be a big test for our boys and they will certainly be up for it after that loss to Pakistan. Aussie bowlers will have to continue to put the ball in the right areas or Saffas top order will have a field day. Amla is a freak and that big innings is due, hopefully not for a while yet though!! Both sides have quality top order batsmen who prefer the ball coming on and pace bowlers that are all class. Should be a cracker. As much as I believe in our side I never thought we could spank India the way we did. Can it continue??? Hope so.. C'mon Aussies C'mon!!!

  • POSTED BY RFRNND on | September 29, 2012, 10:16 GMT

    watson plays good cricket in this tournament when autralia faces the run chase.. what about when he face the 1st bowl of the match? hope his form is as same as now,if it happens australia has nothing to fear....

  • POSTED BY on | September 29, 2012, 9:59 GMT

    it is too early to say that Watson is the man of the tournament. I personally feel that Australia yet to face a team which is strong in all the departments like bowling, fielding and batting. May be tomorrow is the day South Africa is the team which can match to them because Australia do not have great spin attack and most of the sub continent teams are struggling against their inexperience pace attack. South African batters are good against the pace attack, so, a interesting match. Let us see what can Watson do in coming matches..

  • POSTED BY Narbavi on | September 29, 2012, 9:16 GMT

    Watson undoubtedly is the best player in this format alongside Chris Gayle, if he can just improve his test batting a bit then surely he can serve Australian cricket for another 4 to 5 good years just like what kallis has been doing with South Africa for over 15years!!

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  • POSTED BY Narbavi on | September 29, 2012, 9:16 GMT

    Watson undoubtedly is the best player in this format alongside Chris Gayle, if he can just improve his test batting a bit then surely he can serve Australian cricket for another 4 to 5 good years just like what kallis has been doing with South Africa for over 15years!!

  • POSTED BY on | September 29, 2012, 9:59 GMT

    it is too early to say that Watson is the man of the tournament. I personally feel that Australia yet to face a team which is strong in all the departments like bowling, fielding and batting. May be tomorrow is the day South Africa is the team which can match to them because Australia do not have great spin attack and most of the sub continent teams are struggling against their inexperience pace attack. South African batters are good against the pace attack, so, a interesting match. Let us see what can Watson do in coming matches..

  • POSTED BY RFRNND on | September 29, 2012, 10:16 GMT

    watson plays good cricket in this tournament when autralia faces the run chase.. what about when he face the 1st bowl of the match? hope his form is as same as now,if it happens australia has nothing to fear....

  • POSTED BY LilAnzac on | September 29, 2012, 10:43 GMT

    South Africa will be a big test for our boys and they will certainly be up for it after that loss to Pakistan. Aussie bowlers will have to continue to put the ball in the right areas or Saffas top order will have a field day. Amla is a freak and that big innings is due, hopefully not for a while yet though!! Both sides have quality top order batsmen who prefer the ball coming on and pace bowlers that are all class. Should be a cracker. As much as I believe in our side I never thought we could spank India the way we did. Can it continue??? Hope so.. C'mon Aussies C'mon!!!

  • POSTED BY RandyOZ on | September 29, 2012, 10:47 GMT

    Clearly the best allrounder in test cricket at the moment. Australia are about to enter another decade of dominance and Watto is at the helm.

  • POSTED BY on | September 29, 2012, 11:00 GMT

    why not watson as captain?

  • POSTED BY Ozcricketwriter on | September 29, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    Oh no! No! He's given him the kiss of death! Now he is bound to do terribly!

  • POSTED BY criccrazy79 on | September 29, 2012, 11:25 GMT

    Without Watson and Warner, Australia's batting is very vulnerable. So George Bailey can't rely on Watson all the time. What if Watson gets out early. How then will Australia cope? Yesterday's match against India was largely Watson's victory with both bat and ball!!

  • POSTED BY on | September 29, 2012, 11:54 GMT

    Do not Worry; still encounter against pakistan is still left which will determines what callibar Shane watson have.

  • POSTED BY stormy16 on | September 29, 2012, 12:11 GMT

    Watto is the complete 'limited over cricketer' - he stands a few steps below Kallis and Sobers in the longer version. He really has taken the limited over all rounder to a new level with his power hitting. All teams will start plans to play Aus with how to get past Watson then Warner. Interesting Baily's thoughts that he must go with the best bowlers regardless of the conditions. I see what he means but SL is one of those places where the tracks can get that flat and square turners where you may consider playing a lesser spinner ahead of a quality pace bowler. Dont think it will be a factor this time around though and Oz dont really have too many spin options. I dont understand why David Hussey is not playing - he is a handy spinner.