Allrounder believes side has all bases covered to win maiden World Twenty20 title in Bangladesh
“This is the best squad we’ve ever assembled in Twenty20 cricket,” said Watson on Wednesday (March 12). “We’ve got the most balanced side and balanced squad I’ve ever been involved in.”
In the 2012 edition of the tournament in Sri Lanka, Watson was declared Player of the Tournament, with an overall tally of 249 runs and 11 wickets, but Australia bowed out in the semifinals to eventual winners West Indies.
“We really do have firepower in our batting order, all the way down to No. 10. We’ve got high-quality opening bowlers, death bowlers and spinners. We have versatility,” he said. “In all conditions, against any opposition, we can match up really well.
“Twenty20 cricket is fickle, but if you have a lot of matchwinners in your team you’ve got more of a chance of it being someone’s day.”
Australia will also hope to benefit from the services of Darren Lehmann, who had guided Deccan Chargers to the Indian Premier League title in 2009 and Brisbane Heat to a title win in the 2013 Big Bash League.
It will be the first multi-nation tournament where Lehmann will be the coach of the Australian side, and he is on a high after completing a 5-0 drubbing of England in the 2013-14 Ashes and clinching a 2-1 victory in the three-Test series in South Africa.
Australia blanked an underwhelming England unit 3-0 during their T20I series under Lehmann as well, but have been thwarted by rain in the three-T20I series against South Africa, with the first game abandoned without a ball bowled.
Watson, however, insisted it wouldn’t affect their preparation too much, reasoning that even if the series were washed out, the players would be able to get proper rest.
“The more cricket you play as a group, the better prepared you are going to be heading into such a big tournament,” said Watson. “We’ve got a couple of practice matches in Bangladesh. If we do have a week off, it’ll actually be more a chance to freshen bodies up and really make sure we’re ready to go.”
Australia will play its only warm-up game prior to the commencement of the World T20 against New Zealand on March 19.