World T20 2014 March 12, 2014

Watson talks up Australia's World T20 chances

ESPNcricinfo staff

Shane Watson, the Australia allrounder, has talked up his side's chances at the upcoming World T20 in Bangladesh. The World T20 is the only major global title that Australia have never won, coming closest to victory in 2010, when they went down to England in the final.

Watson, who has been part of all four World T20s so far, said Australia have never been better placed to succeed in the tournament. "More than anything we've got the most balanced side that I've ever been involved with and a balanced squad," Watson said ahead of the second Twenty20 against South Africa in Durban.

"We really do have firepower consistently all the way down our batting order till No. 10 even, and bowling-wise we've got options from high-quality opening bowlers to high-quality death bowlers, high-quality spinners."

Watson was confident the current squad could adapt to the subcontinental conditions in the World T20. "I think the versatility of this squad (is) more than any squad that I've played Twenty20 cricket for Australia. Certainly in all conditions against any opposition we can match up really well, I think it gives us more of a chance to be able win it."

Australia have a number of impact players in the squad, including David Warner and Mitchell Johnson, who are in the form of their lives. Watson himself was Man of the Series in the 2012 World T20 and player of the tournament in last season's IPL. "Twenty20 cricket certainly is fickle but if you have got a lot of match-winners in your team, you have got more chance of it being someone's day, we've certainly got that in our squad for sure."

Australia have two Twenty20s left against South Africa before they fly to Bangladesh, where their campaign begins with a match against Pakistan on March 23.

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  • Kiran on March 14, 2014, 7:41 GMT

    @ C.Gull - Muirhead will get the bashing of his life I think. Turning the ball a mile is not the only criterion for being a good spinner. For that matter McGill was a bigger turner of the ball than Warne. Asutalia's chance depened on spin - how they bat against spin and how their spinners perform. Since Mitch is out of the tournament, Faulkner has to lead the pace attack. For gods sake dont turn up to the tournament with run of the mill seam bowlers like Jackson Bird who will be carted around the ground. There will be no seam or swing in any of the pitches. Bollinger is a better pick.

  • Ben on March 13, 2014, 19:20 GMT

    Australia has awesome batting power

  • Dhumper on March 13, 2014, 13:58 GMT

    I think T20 has proved that it has the same probability for a good team to win as in any other sport. Brazil or Germany may have the best soccer teams and they will win most of the time but not lift the cup every time and same goes with excellent anc consistent T20 performing teams like Pakistan, Sri Lanka, South Africa and the remaining in top 8 having a good chance on their day to lift the cup. That makes it a such an exciting tournament and a truly global competition now with 16 teams participating. May the best team win!

  • Narayanan on March 13, 2014, 13:04 GMT

    Aussies are to be the strong competitor of the upcoming world t20 with all good hitters. The team atmosphere looks so strong as they were in the last decade for 50overs.

  • siddhartha on March 13, 2014, 12:08 GMT

    I don;t why everyone is talking about spin as if the tournament is going to happen in rank turners. This is t20 wc.Aussie got some of the biggest hitters of spinners. We have already seen how guys like Maxwell or Watson treats spinners in last one day series against India. Be it spinners or pacers this Aussie team will wreck havoc.Pure carnage awaits

  • kdevil on March 13, 2014, 9:59 GMT

    Australia have a bunch of slogers ....Starting for warner,finch ,watson extra. Only way they know to play is to slog especially spin. but its going to be tough for them if pitch supports spin . Only Hogde will be consistent in batting and he is in 40's. And blowing James will be brilliant sure . Hogg ( in 40's)will be effective. But Johnson will be expensive. Not a balanced side in subcontinent without quality spinners.

  • Android on March 13, 2014, 7:49 GMT

    india and sri lanka are the favourites to play the final.

  • Clive on March 13, 2014, 7:42 GMT

    Yep, this is the best Aus T20 squad I've seen by a considerable margin. For those who lack confidence in the Aus spin department, I have a feeling Muirhead is going to tear it up at this tournament. He looks really good, confident and turns the ball a mile, and it's a while since the rest of the world world saw a good leggie.

  • Sajid on March 13, 2014, 7:08 GMT

    My predictions, please write it somewhere. It is Pakistan, West Indies, India and Sri Lanka all the way to semis if they do not cross eachother before that. The Final will be between Pak vs Sri Lanka one more time with Pakistan winner

  • Richard on March 13, 2014, 6:14 GMT

    @ Nimash Rodrigo on (March 13, 2014, 2:14 GMT) - Yes. And I'm not singing edelweiss or seeing things for nothing.

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