Australia’s T20 side must improve says Shane Watson

Archit Athani / 23 October 2014

Australia’s performance in the 2014 T20 World Cup was surprising as they had all star players and still lost 3 games in the group stage to get kicked out of the tournament. 

Australia’s star all-rounder, Shane Watson says Australia needs to improve their performances in T20’s. Shane Watson will be back after an injury into the Australian T20 side which will take on South Africa on November 5.

Australia has selected a completely new side for this series considering the squad which is playing Tests in UAE. Australia have struggled to keep up with the pace in Twenty20 cricket. It is only ICC event, the T20 World Cup which is not won by the mighty Aussies and Watson thinks, these things have to be changed now.

“It is a new look Twenty20 squad, and unfortunately for us we haven’t been able to play consistent world class Twenty20 cricket since I have been involved with the Australian Twenty20 team,” he said.

“So I can understand why the selectors have made a few adjustments, with the Test players being over in the UAE as well.

“Trevor Bayliss also coming in to coach, he has had a lot of experience and a lot of success as a Twenty20 coach.

“We do have to improve our Twenty20 cricket and get some more consistency, and blooding some of the younger guys is going to help our development”

Ben Dunk will be the wicket keeper batsman who got selected after he scored a brilliant doube century in the Matador Cup. Nic Maddinson has returned and he will be opening the batting along with the skipper Aaron Finch. Nathan Reardon will make his debut while selectors have shown faith in youngsters, Sean Abott, Cameron Boyce and Pattrick Cummins.

Doug Bollinger has one more opportunity to impress at international level who will lead the bowling alongside South Australian fast bowler Kane Richardson.

“It is mainly just across the board in being more consistent in what we are able to do,” Watson said.

“Like we have been able to do over the last year or so especially in Test cricket but one-day cricket as well.

“We really just have to translate that into our Twenty20 cricket as well.

“With the Twenty20 team only coming together for mainly for World Cups, that continuity provides a big challenge but we certainly have to get over that and play more consistent cricket.”

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