Watson was Australia’s go-to man throughout the World Twenty20
Australia Twenty20 captain George Bailey has rejected claims that the team solely relied on the performance of all-rounder Shane Watson throughout the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Twenty20.
Watson finished the tournament at the top of the runs scorer list with 249 runs, which included three half centuries, from six innings at an average of 49.80, which was the fourth-highest out of all the players in the tournament.
Watson also had a strike rate of 150 and was third on the list for batsmen with the most half-centuries throughout the tournament.
In terms of bowling statistics, Watson finished second on the most wickets list with 11 at an average 16.
However, Bailey refused to see the figures as Australia over-depending on Watson.
“I don’t know whether you can call it over-dependence on Watson just because he has performed well in both the games, he is a very good player, he is good with the ball and he is an outstanding batsman. He is one of the players that opposition teams fear when they run into him. At the moment, one of his strengths is his consistency, so he is dependable, but I am not sure if we are over-dependent on him,” Bailey said.
Watson and his opening partner David Warner consistently made excellent starts for Australia, and this brought up the question of whether the middle order would be able to keep the momentum flowing.
Bailey stated that the middle order had a lot of decent batsmen, who all possessed the ability of playing big shots as well.
“Watson and Warner are able to provide us an urgent start. There is no doubt that they are key wickets because they can take the game away, I guess they are crucial, but we are not at a stage where the rest of us are just making up the numbers,” Bailey said.
When asked if the middle order batsmen suffered a lack of confidence by spending so little time at the crease, Bailey said: “The middle-order is very happy, I know it’s a tough one now but you’ve just got to prepare and train well. It’s not that any of these guys haven’t played a lot. In fact, we have played a lot against the guys we are coming up against. Whenever you get the opportunity to perform, you make sure you are ready to go.”