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Watson talks up Australia's World T20 chances

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March 12, 2014

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Shane Watson struck his eighth ODI hundred, England v Australia, 5th Natwest ODI, Ageas Bowl, September 14, 2013
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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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Posted by pitch_curator 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.

Posted by Big3BOSS on (March 13, 2014, 19:20 GMT)

Australia has awesome batting power

Posted by 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!

Posted by Narayanan160587 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.

Posted by siddhartha87 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

Posted by kdevil3 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.

Posted by android_user on (March 13, 2014, 7:49 GMT)

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

Posted by C.Gull 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.

Posted by sajid7137 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

Posted by Jagger 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.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (March 13, 2014, 2:14 GMT)

Apparently most people on here are illusional. Does any other team have as many match winners as Austria do. The likes of warner, finch, Watson, maxwell, Bailey, hodge, Faulkner, start, Johnson, etc to name a few can win matches on their own. As a matter of fact Australia are high on confidence ATM. Australia not having a quality spinner is bullshit because Hogg is as good a spinner as anyone going around and the young muirhead is a big turner of the ball, don't forget that shane warne will consulting them throughout. Hands down Australia is the heavy favorites

Posted by Jagger on (March 13, 2014, 1:02 GMT)

@ Atif Masood on (March 12, 2014, 17:09 GMT) - Mate, have a look at the title of this article. Does it say "Afridi talks up Pakistan's World T20 chances"? No, it does not. It says "Watson talks up Australia's World T20 chances." Any further questions?

Posted by Jagger on (March 13, 2014, 0:42 GMT)

@ozcricketwriter - all four of your bowlers are left arm over the wicket! We need a bit more variety in this format. Watson at 6 as well. Give him no choice but to be selfless and throw the bat against the spinners for a change. It's time he paid us back for just 4 Test centuries and all the un-Harris-like performances he's given us.

The Aussie team must be picked 100% on the basis of who performs best in Bangladesh conditions and not recent performances in either Test or Big Bash cricket. We know why India fails in Australia every time, yet we make the same mistake ourselves, every time. We need Muirhead, Hogg and Maxwell in the squad, minimum. When AFL coach Malcolm Blight told his then flying Geelong team, we're playing in Sydney at home next week so we're going to pick players who suit the SCG - player Bill Brownless yells out, 'Does that mean we're going in with 2 spinners?!' In Bangladesh we may even need 4.

Posted by thozar on (March 12, 2014, 23:53 GMT)

Just checked the groups for the World T20 and it looks like Sri Lanka got the easy group. So they are guaranteed a place in the semis. Their group has RSA, England, and New Zealand who all have no spinner of any worth and no batsman who could play spin either. So Sri Lanka will have it easy. While in the our group we have Pakistan and West Indies who both have good chance of winning. Australia are mediocre against spin and have no quality spinners of their own too. So they are not a big threat. But the other two teams are strong making it a tough group.

Posted by thozar on (March 12, 2014, 23:47 GMT)

People are talking down India's chances. In one way it is good as it takes the attention away from us. Dont forget that we have talented players and though we may not have the best pacemen the tournament is in Bangladesh and spinners will play a crucial role. Ash and Jaddu are key. Dhoni's return will also add strength to the Indian side. Opposition teams can underestimate us at their peril. The good thing about this tournament is that except New Zealand, England, and the minnow teams, every other team has a chance to win it. Chak de India.

Posted by dunger.bob on (March 12, 2014, 22:59 GMT)

The Asian teams have just finished a tournament in these very same conditions so they've all got a big head start on the non-Asian sides. Gee, that's a lovely coincidence for them isn't it. Oh well, they need every advantage they can get to keep us at bay I suppose.

My main issue is why is everyone writing our spinners off before a ball is bowled? We've got Maxwell, Hodge and Hogg plus the exciting young Muirhead. .. Nothing earth shattering there but possibly good enough to do a job and that's all we really want from them. Anyone looking down their nose at Hogg could be in for a shock. He's got the best wrong'un in the business of left arm wrist spin. .. I guess we'll see.

Posted by RandyOZ on (March 12, 2014, 22:58 GMT)

Who actually cares about this tournament? The answer is no one. Australia the best cricketing team in the world right now

Posted by singhsoorma on (March 12, 2014, 21:51 GMT)

I am repeating again here too Semi final 1 NZ vs Aus Semi final 2 India vs Pakistan Final Ind vs Aus Winners India Man of series-Yuvi,kohli but yuvi more chances due to shining stars in march april to may as per my astro gyaan,i concluded all this mathematically.No emotions involved.

Posted by kapsitash on (March 12, 2014, 21:49 GMT)

My prediction for Tournament Favourites chanceswise: Subcontinent Trio, Australia, NZ,WI. WI and Aussie will face problems against quality spinners in Bangladeshi conditions.Key players : Warner,Yuvraj,Ajmal,Maxwell,Afridi(especially with short boundaries)Jadeja,Herath,Mendis,Pollard.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2014, 21:45 GMT)

I'm surprise nobody talking about yuvraj singh who been India' back bone in t20 He been man of the match 4 time in last 6 matches Rohit dawan dhoni not good in international t20 level India only can win if yuvi virat Raina fire in batting n in bowling ravinder n sammi ash can do well Plz dhoni give at least one over to yuvi

Posted by Ozcricketwriter on (March 12, 2014, 20:12 GMT)

On one hand, Australia's current T20 side is the best they have ever had. On the other hand, their previous T20 sides lost to Zimbabwe. They are better than they were before, but they are far from the best T20 side on the planet. The key thing for Australia is that they have a lot of players that do well in franchises but then don't get picked to play for their country or if they do they don't do as well as they do for franchises. If they can make the most out of them, then they are going to be hard to beat. Playing XI: Finch, Warner, Watson, Hodge, Bailey, Maxwell, Haddin, Faulkner, Johnson, Starc, Hogg.

Posted by vimal03 on (March 12, 2014, 20:06 GMT)

Australia have no chance of winng the t20 or even india as well. The problem with Aussies are they don't have a spiner who can make bastmen struggle and india don't have quicks to deliver. I assume with stong batting power australia will come closer to finals. I bet srilanka would do well to reach the finals.

Posted by johnathonjosephs on (March 12, 2014, 18:55 GMT)

The problem with T20 is that it is a toss up. Upsets are common in T20, so even if you "think" you have the best team, it does not equate to lifting the world cup.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2014, 18:28 GMT)

@Rohan Kumar: How does absence of an international quality spinner make a side "well balanced"? Aussies have good pacers (which may be a weakness as ball will come better onto the bat on slower pitches) and a some good hitters who will come good on pitches that don't assist spin but have a dismal record in the subcontinent. For well balanced, I would picture Sri Lanka, West Indies and Pakistan.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2014, 18:05 GMT)

Australia is a well balanced side and if Mitchell Johnson could be good with the new ball and at the death in those conditions then I think the aussies should fancy themselves.As far as batting is concerned I think Dav Warner and Finch could be X-factor..but the spin department is a worry I suppose..if Hogg does have an off day then can Muirhead rise to the challenge??

Posted by Aussasinator on (March 12, 2014, 17:28 GMT)

either Sri Lanka or India will win. forget Australia

Posted by mohanan on (March 12, 2014, 17:27 GMT)

Australia is at a peak. True. But, don't forget T20 world cup is going to be in the subcontinent and even the best of Australia team (of the Warne, MacGra, Waugh era) struggled in the subcontinent. So, fingers crossed.

Posted by cooljack_143 on (March 12, 2014, 17:18 GMT)

Iam waiting for Ajith Agarkars prediction on who will be champions .He was so accurate in his predictions for Asia cup. However From pool B I don't see Ind getting to semis, it can be WI &Pak or WI & Aus. Ind batsmen need to score 200 consistently to defend their bowlers which is going to be very difficult with the bowling talents of other sides & pathetic form of Ind batsmen & fast bowlers. They might win 2 games, one VS Pak for sure & others vs Qualifiers with bonus point:-) I don't think Pak also has any chances to win.Shahid afridi is hit or miss guy, teams will by nw has analyzed his hiting ashwin by nowNZ might surprise everyone going o Finals.winner can be between Aus or WI.They have power in their batting & Bowling.

Posted by android_user on (March 12, 2014, 17:09 GMT)

Why people r forgetting Pakistan who have played all t20 semi finals. well its good when people don't count us v do our best.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2014, 16:43 GMT)

my call sri lanka as they have been unluck in the past ICC EVENTS this time sri lanka or mighty austrailia

Posted by android_user on (March 12, 2014, 16:20 GMT)

aussie is back on track. definitely more possibility to win the world t20 cup. all the best watson

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (March 12, 2014, 16:10 GMT)

All i m gonna say win the best CRICKET not the team. Lets see which team got the best cricket. They can be even hong kong or Nepal as well

Posted by   on (March 12, 2014, 16:08 GMT)

need to cut down on the cool aid,you will be lucky if u make it out of your group austrailia.

Posted by Kapeel on (March 12, 2014, 16:07 GMT)

My prediction: Group A = Srilanka and Newzeland Group B = Pakistan and India Final= Srilanka and Pakistan Winner = Pakistan (80%)

Posted by   on (March 12, 2014, 15:58 GMT)

No World class spinners in playing conditions..will make it tough for Aus..

Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 on (March 12, 2014, 15:53 GMT)

Most destructive player of spin-Watto,most destructive opener in world-Warner,most feared quick-bowler of this gen. Mitch. Add to it-most electric fielding side,and an array of all rounders who can win them on their own.No wonder Aussies are team to beat!

Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 on (March 12, 2014, 15:41 GMT)

Theres an inevevitability about it.This powerhouse Aus team with most glittering array of superstars are all but certain to be crowned new t20 champs in few days.No team looks capable of stopping this power packed Aus side.Pak,SL,SA-other semi finalists.

Posted by Ragav999 on (March 12, 2014, 15:30 GMT)

Well the Windies are not rallying for the last 19 years and has the most poor record of all test playing nations in this time span. I wonder when the fans will realise this and stop degrading and talking down other teams out of sheer spite and jealousy.

Posted by siddhartha87 on (March 12, 2014, 15:27 GMT)

funny how everybody is writing off Hogg,that guy is apart of two world winning XI,And regarding Watson ,last time when he was in Bangladesh he scored 185 off 94 balls.

Posted by MaruthuDelft on (March 12, 2014, 15:13 GMT)

Australia should win this tournament. Any tournament must be won by Australia or South Africa. They are the only ones play cricket properly with England to some extent. Asian teams should never win anything. They don't deserve anything.

Posted by android_user on (March 12, 2014, 15:06 GMT)

i m sorry friends this time wc is not going out of asia Pak ,ind,or srilanka are respectably faviourte so plzz dont expect wi or australia gona won this

Posted by RapidCommentsPlz on (March 12, 2014, 14:59 GMT)

@Dirtysneakers mate there you said it yourself! You are no behind in including the sidekicks too!!! So whats d difference? All the other aussies are in d same league including all their players!!!! And surely if you are saying that Aus is the only team with match winners, I can only laugh at you!! Every player playing for his nation is a match winner!!! But if you come significantly on genuine ones I can say WI are d best. And finally yep mitchell will b torn apart only if doesnt face IND batting line up or FIERY WEST INDIES!!!

Posted by JoshFromJamRock on (March 12, 2014, 14:48 GMT)

Some persons obviously haven't seen the group format of the tournament. Group two has arguably the 4 best T20 sides in the world in WI, AUS, PK and IND. A wise man would bet on WI and AUS making it to the semi-finals from group two. Group one is significantly easily as SA and SL are some way better than ENG and to a lesser extent NZ.

Semi-final one could well be SL (winner of Group 1) vs WI (runner-up of group 2)

Semi-final two hence would be AUS (winner of Group 2) vs SA (runner-up of group 1)

Expecting a rematch of AUS and WI in the final.

I'm West Indian but I know the Aussies will be a force to be reckoned with.

Posted by xtrafalgarx on (March 12, 2014, 14:43 GMT)

@Ashokdmightyindian: I hope you are here when the tournament starts, like someone said earlier, i'm going to love watching you eat some humble pie.

Posted by Dirtysneakers on (March 12, 2014, 14:26 GMT)

@Ashokdmightyindian obviously you dont know much about cricket 1. warner 2. finch 3.watson 4.bailey 5. white/hodge 6. maxwell 7. haddin 8. coulter-nile 9. johnson 10. starc. 11. hogg/muirhead. gee that would be 11 players and thats not including faulkner who will slot in at some point at the expense of someone else. All rounders are great but you also need specialists, they are match winners. Also do your homework mitchell johnsons resurgence in international cricket was due to those dust bowls in india during the IPL. another miss informed biased support, classic

Posted by   on (March 12, 2014, 14:23 GMT)

For me, SL, Pak and WI are sure shot semifinalists. Te fourth semifinalist can be a toss up between India and Australia. Though ability wise India are much better in Bangladesh conditions, they have been in pathetic form recently and Aussies are brimming with confidence. The big problem for India is that their trump cards are either out of form or out of match practice and they have probably the worst bowling side in the tournament (probably worse than even some affiliates). They wouldn't defend 250! The big problem for Australia is too many bits and pieces players,too many hit or miss players and the absence of even one half decent spinner (Hogg was very very average at his peak and he is a non factor now), but then that has been their story since Warnie retired. If their batsmen fire, they can probably make up for absence of spinners, but only if the tracks offer nothing to spinners. Hint of spin, and they are sitting ducks. I don't think Saffers, NZ or England have much of a chance

Posted by sergio11 on (March 12, 2014, 14:11 GMT)

@DauD_..hey that game you talking i remember b/w IND and AUS..indian bolwed 2nd and ashwin and jaddu struggled to grip the ball because of dew..:)..most of them where full tosses as the ball was sliping out of their dont judge them based on that game alone..BAN pitches are even slower and most will turn i wont say they will struggle..but defintly will test most Subcontient team will play with 3 spinners....that 12 overs out of 20....but i agree with Watson they are the only side having 8 or 9 players who can single handly win game for their side..

Posted by gaga001 on (March 12, 2014, 14:07 GMT)

I think Mr Watson is overconfident, because the current Australian side is not up to the mark when it comes to spinning conditions, In the Asia cup we have seen the best players of spin in India, Pakistan and Srilanka have struggled, how can Australian players I know players have great names with them but those players are great in overseas conditions and not in subcontinent conditions. yeah australia had defeated india in 2012 world cup but that world cup was in Sri Lanka where there was no spin, srilanka has changed their pitches to fast bowling support after the retirement of Muralitharan, that is why westindies won the world cup. I am exciting to see all those overseas team who have threatened india with short pitch bowling, now time is changed and india with great spinning attack will take their revenge with spin.

Posted by RapidCommentsPlz on (March 12, 2014, 14:05 GMT)

@daudD_ @xtrafalgarx stop putting your entire 15 men squad in one game!! You say Aus has got deep batting. No nation has got deep batting than WI. All of their players are all rounders. And when it comes to best batting line up none is better than 'you know who'!! Deepness and strong batting line up are completely different. To @daudD_ One solitary win and you start thumping your chest??Grow up!! And please ask your overrated fiery bowler not to play on SC tracks. Its not Aus!! He will be made mockery here as he was in d recent odi agnst Eng and Ind!! @Xtrafargalx surely your HOGG will be helpful against few teams bt seriously for d entire tournament?????NAH!

Posted by Great_Lion on (March 12, 2014, 14:01 GMT)

dear watson

I think your most balanced team lost last 6 T20 matches for SL including 3 losses in your own backyard .Can't you remember that? Your team never beat asian top three teams(SL,Ind and pakistan)

Posted by PakCricZindabad on (March 12, 2014, 13:56 GMT)

@ DauD, No I don't think anyone has forgotten that match. What people have forgotten is that there was a lot of due on the field & the ball was getting wet. For a spinner, when that is the case you cant grip the ball, & therefore that ball won't spin. JUST TO CLARIFY, if not indian or australian, i'am just stating the facts. However, with a doubt Australia do have a great sqaud batting wise, bowling wise i'am not to sure... However, world t20 is in the subcontinent & all the subcontinent sides are looking better than ever.

Posted by cricketisagame on (March 12, 2014, 13:50 GMT)

@Rally_Windies, Smart_animesh and Haris Shah, You all have to look at the team composition. Lyon and Clarke are not in the team for T20. Its the match winners like Warner, Watson, Bailey, Johnson, Falkner, Maxwell, Hodge. Then there is Coulter- Nile, Haddin, White and Strarc. These players can win the matches on their own. Last time when Aus toured India, we all know what happened to Y Singh and Raina's batting. MJ improved his bowling skills. Muirhead is a unknown player for all opposition. Though Spinners get help, fast bowlers did get some help in recent Asia cup. Which team can bat as deep as Aus. Perhaps WI, SL and India can come close.

Posted by izzidole on (March 12, 2014, 13:48 GMT)

Despite winning four 50 over World Cups out of ten compared to other teams in world cricket Australia has never taken the T20 world cup seriously. As a result they have failed to win a T20 World Cup so far. With the advent of the T20 "Big Bash League" in Australia and the IPL the aussies have shown enormous interest in the game and currently have some outstanding big hitters especiallised in the format namely Watson, Warner,Finch, Maxwell, White, Bailey, Hodge and Faulkner. Though their pace attack in Johnson, Starc and Faulkner is quite strong the spin bowling attack may not be penetrative enough in the slow wickets in Bangladesh with veteren Hogg and young Muirhead in the side. With less than a fortnight left before the tournament begins they may be short of match practice compared to other teams in the subcontinent who have just concluded their Asia Cup tournament in Bangladesh.

Posted by android_user on (March 12, 2014, 13:41 GMT)

this aus team is most balanced side I have evr seen. but I dont think they will be in top four. ind and pak will select from their team. sl and sa will select fpm the other group.looks like sl vs ind final again.

Posted by DauD_ on (March 12, 2014, 13:37 GMT)

What's all this nonsense going on about Australia not being able to play spin. Have you guys forgotten what Watson and Warner did to India in the last edition of the T20 WC? Australia won with 5 overs to spare. This tournament is not the same as playing on rank turners in India.

Australia have a brutal and powerful batting line-up. Finch, Warner, Watson, Bailey, Maxwell, White, Faulkner, Marsh, Hodge ect. They also have the red hot Johnson, and Mitchell Starc to add to their bowling.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2014, 13:34 GMT)

@Rally_Windies: Its ok to support WI, but before u comment on other teams, please know the squad first. Lyon is not in the T20 squad, Clarke too is not there.Do u know the 15 selected for this WC? And do u watch IPL to see how these Aussie blokes shine in the T20 games in the slowish sub-continent pitches???Please do some homework on us before u right us down!

Posted by xtrafalgarx on (March 12, 2014, 13:20 GMT)

@Rally_Windies: My oh my, what have you been drinking? Have you been living under a rock?? Clarke retired from T20's many moons ago, i don't know why you are even mentioning him on this thread. Also, the team does not 'rely' on three players, have you seen the side? It is littered with players who have won games off their own bat many times before.

Warner is key, but did you miss Finch's record T20 score of 156?? What about Shane Watson, the best T20 all rounder in the world?? Brad Hodge, the highest run scorer in T20's of all time?? Or the million dollar Maxwell?? James Faulkner? Cameron White??

We don'e have a spinner? What about Brad Hogg!!! Mitchell is our best T20 bowler. No, not Johnson, Mitchell Starc. Johnson will come in with him along side coulter-nile. Hardly a 3 piece.. Muirhead is very young but very promising. As far as i'm concerned thi

Posted by   on (March 12, 2014, 13:16 GMT)

aus will face a tough tough time against narine,ajmal,ashwin, badree, jadeja, m hafeez, and afridi in their pool as bowlers, and they have to over come against the power of gayle, kohli, dhoni, dhawan, raina, samules, drovo, sammy, afridi and rohit, all t20 specialists

Posted by Dirtysneakers on (March 12, 2014, 13:14 GMT)

@Rally_windies can you please tell me why you're bringing up Lyon and Clarke? Neither of them are apart of the t20 squad headed to Bangladesh. The likes of Watson, Warner, finch, bailey and white/hodge in the top order is a scary thought, all of them capable of single handedly winning a match. Not to mention muirhead and maxwell have improved their spin bowling ALOT lately. Can't wait to serve up some humble pie after this tournament

Posted by xtrafalgarx on (March 12, 2014, 13:13 GMT)

@Smart_animesh: You're not as smart as your name suggests. You say AUS has no chance on the basis that they don't have a good spinner, yet you say you think that SA will make it into the top four?? AUS have far more fire power than SA, than every other team i can think of except maybe the Indians and WI. However, none of these teams bat as deep as the Aussies do, Faulkner is a match winner with the bat and comes in att no.8, i don't think any other team has that.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2014, 13:09 GMT)

i think the most balance side for coming world cup in BD is west indies, with gayle and narine super stars, they have samules, sammy, d smith and bravo big hitters, match winners. and in bowling they have badree, rampaul and santokie very very balance t20 attack, and ib BD conditions i think indian batting is more powerful than AUS, they have rohit,dhawan,kohli,raina and dhoni

Posted by smudgeon on (March 12, 2014, 13:04 GMT)

"... high-quality spinner." FTFY, Watto. Aside from Brad Hogg, Australia's spin attack here is a bit spotty. Still, the nature of T20 means Australia have almost as much chance as any of maybe 8 teams of lifting the trophy at the end. Still, gut feeling is Windies have the inside track in this format, and it will be hard to see them not making the final.

Posted by Rally_Windies on (March 12, 2014, 12:58 GMT)

@ Shane Watson ? and everyone who agrees with him....

Lyon, is not a top quality spinner ....

your entire team is based on 3 players (1) Mitchel Johnson (2) David Warner (3) Clarke ....

If those 3 players get replaced by 2 specialist batsman and a pacer, of lower quality.. then your team should still be BALANCED ....

but will it ? will it be "balanced" without those 3 people ?

Posted by StevieS on (March 12, 2014, 12:56 GMT)

New Zealand won it, no need for discussion.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2014, 12:48 GMT)

correct hope India, Sri Lanka & West Indies are the strong contenders..

Posted by Smart_animesh on (March 12, 2014, 12:44 GMT)

What a joke!!! Australia do not have a single quality spinner in their squad.. How can they expect to win in sluggish BD pitches... They will not even make it to the knock out stage.. My prediction: Pakistan, India, Srilanka and SA for semis...

Posted by prady5688 on (March 12, 2014, 12:36 GMT)

Every team has a chance of winning except team India..Hoping that this cup should remain in Asia. Watson Ur team is perfect best of luck for t20 world cup by a frustrated Indian fan.

Posted by android_user on (March 12, 2014, 12:29 GMT)

aus is the strong contenders for t20 2014 n I hope will win this trophy also

Posted by   on (March 12, 2014, 12:27 GMT)

i am fully agree with Watson. aussies have great chance to lift this wt20. look at their squad guys all big guns are there and specially they are all in good form and a huge bonus for them is most of the guys infact all the guys have experience of play in asian pitches so aussies are far too wide favorites.

Posted by shrastogi on (March 12, 2014, 12:26 GMT)

If pitches are like what they were in 2011 World Cup in India (played during same time) the teams with qulaity spinners may have bigger say but I'm not discounting aussies. They have a good chance though having both Hogg & Hodge in the eleven doesnt transpire much confidence. What makes them potent is that other than likes of Warner, Watson & Johnson they have Faulkner in bottom half. Thats some combination mind you.

Posted by TheBigBoodha on (March 12, 2014, 12:15 GMT)

Sithum Samaraweera this is the WC, not a T20 friendly. Australia will field their best team, not the usual bits and pieces experimental teams they put out for t20 internationals. So you can forget about your "records".

Posted by Sarthak1305 on (March 12, 2014, 12:14 GMT)

The best thing about T20 night matches would be that both teams will get equal dew and I hope bangladesh gives sporting pitches with bounce and carry

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (March 12, 2014, 12:09 GMT)

To those people that bag out Australia for have a 43 year old spinner is just funny. Hoggy is the best left arm spinner in the world I'd say, didn't any of you watch the big bash?

Aussies will be strong

Posted by LoveLanka on (March 12, 2014, 12:00 GMT)

Watson is a very good players specialy when it come to big hittings. his sudden anger has downed him couple of times. AUS is realy on of the favourites this times with inform bowlers and batters. but, it might be bit difficult to justify chances in T20 when their recent success is against ENG & SA in SA and AUS condtions in test matches. infact both ENG & SA in group 1 where as AUG is in group 2 having to face IND,PAK & WI. with the tournament been held in BAN it will be realy interesting to see how teams stand up. fingers crossed for a mouth watering contest!

Posted by twistatwistaa on (March 12, 2014, 11:58 GMT)

inclusion of hodge was crucial and it has made them strong contender playing 11 1 finch 2 warner 3 watson 4 bailey 5 maxwell 6 bradhodge 7 faulkner 8 counter nile 9 johnson 10 hadin 11 doherty

Posted by Marcio on (March 12, 2014, 11:53 GMT)

I would've taken Steve Smith, as he is a an excellent player of spin. As the tournament progresses wickets will get slower and dryer. To win the tournament they will have to play a final on a dry, dead, turning track. That's how they should be thinking.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2014, 11:52 GMT)

Australia, your T20 Record with SL, WI, PAK and SA. Tournament Fav's are horrid to shameful. My friend its always good to dream. But this WT20, is gonna stay in Asia. Australia are strong contenders for the 2015 ICC CWC, but 2014 ICC WT20, you have no hope. Your 40 year old part time spinners are not gonna get you anywhere in this tournament. Team with a strong spin backbone is gonna take away the trophy. So SL, IND, PAK and WI are the Fav, and any of those 4 teams have legit shot at the trophy.

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