Pak series to help Oz ahead of World T20: Watson

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Published: Tuesday, September 4, 2012, 11:09 [IST]
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Playing Pak will benefit Aussies: Watson

Sharjah, Sep 4: Australia's all-rounder Shane Watson, on Monday said that the T20 series against Pakistan gives them an opportunity to prepare for ICC world T20 to be held later this month in Sri Lanka.

Australia are playing three T20 matches against Pakistan on September 5, 7 and 11, as the 31 year old said the series would definitely help the team to prepare well for the T20 WC.

The all-rounder who missed the three-match ODI series due to a calf injury that he picked during the tour of England, feels the series is very important as it can give a good lead to the T20 WC.

He also added that though Pakistan are ranked ninth, they are a dangerous side.

"These three matches (against Pakistan) will be challenging and it's going to be a great period for us to continue to know what exactly are our roles in Twenty20," said Watson.

Talking about Saeed Ajmal and Shahid Afridi, Watson said they are certainly match-winners and Aussies need to be wary of them.

"Pakistan have got high class spinners with (Saeed) Ajmal and (Shahid) Afridi and they can certainly change the game."

"In Twenty20 cricket you don't have much chance to be able to work the ball, when the ball is turning a score of 130 140 is good. There is no doubt they are good spinners but we will work hard," said Watson.

Watson feels since the conditions in UAE are quite similar to Sri Lanka, it helps them to prepare well for the T20 WC.

"It (UAE) is a great place to play cricket and I am excited and at times these are similar conditions we get in Sri Lanka ao it gives us a good chance to combine as a team and understand our roles," said Watson.

Watson has scored 643 runs off 27 T20 matches in the World Cup, said that Australians were unlucky to miss out on the final the last time while he said that since the current team is a balanced one, it can beat any team in the world.


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