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West Indies among top contenders to win Twenty20 World Cup: Watson

June 28, 2012 - London

Australia all-rounder Shane Watson has named the West Indies as the team to beat at the Twenty20 World Cup in Sri Lanka.

He believes Darren Sammy's side's all-round strength makes it the favourite for the event in Sri Lanka in September.

"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 told ICC Cricket 360°(tm).

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 said.

Watson, who missed much of the Australian summer through injury, is hopeful that he is now over the string of injury problems that have afflicted his career.


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