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.