Watson eyes T20 glory
August 21, 2012 08:56:14 UK
Shane Watson can foresee another successful global tournament for Australia next month - at the fourth World Twenty20.
All-rounder Watson, 31, is an integral member of the Australian team across all three formats, backing up his top-order batting with fast-medium bowling in the 20-over team.
He was a member of the 2010 side that finished as runners-up to England in the Caribbean, and is currently recovering from a calf injury sustained in the 4-0 thrashing by Alastair Cook's team in the recent NatWest Series.
"The World Twenty20 will be a really good time for us. Unfortunately we just missed out last time in the West Indies losing to the Poms in the final," Watson said.
"Our Twenty20 cricket has been a bit inconsistent over the last couple of years but hopefully we can bring it altogether and that leads to a good campaign for us. Because I know how important it is for us to win that tournament - we haven't won it since it came on the scene."
Australia face West Indies and Ireland in the group stages of the tournament that starts in September, warming up with contests against New Zealand and England in Colombo.
Watson showed his worth in his most recent Twenty20 international appearances - claiming two for 26 in a narrow defeat against West Indies after cracking six sixes in a swashbuckling 69 during a comprehensive eight-wicket victory at the start of the 1-1 drawn series back in March.
That innings in St Lucia was one of four T20 international half-centuries he has scored in seven matches in 2012.
Australia are available at 1213.00 to win the World Cup.
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