Bangalore, Jun 28: Australia's Shane Watson thinks West Indies are the team to beat at the World Twenty20 2012 tournament which starts in Sri Lanka on September 18.
The Australian all-rounder was speaking to ICC Cricket 360°TM, the ICC's new weekly multi-platform show.
"I actually think the West Indies are going to be the team to beat. They have got a really well balanced team that has played a lot of high quality Twenty20 cricket around the world and they certainly know how to perform under pressure. I think they have got the firepower to give a lot of teams a big surprise," Watson said in a ICC media release on Thursday.
However, Watson thinks the experience gained by Australia's players in domestic Twenty20 competitions across the globe, means his side may be able to go one better than its runners-up spot at the 2010 event in the Caribbean.
"It is a format in which we still haven't been able to play well consistently against other countries in the world. We made the final in the last ICC World Twenty20 in the West Indies and in the end we were pipped by England but since then we haven't played consistently well, so we are really going to have to step up our Twenty20 game. With a change in players and the experience of playing in different Twenty20 leagues, it means hopefully we can step up when we really need to," he added.
Watson admitted his excitement about the upcoming ODI series against England that begins on Friday.
"It is going to be a huge series. It is a great lead-in to next year's Ashes and there is no doubt we have to be at our absolute best for that one-day series so our preparation is going to be very important, as is the way we perform. It is the first time for us with a slightly newer group of cricketers, a new coach Mickey Arthur and a new structure around us," the all-rounder said.