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Shane Watson names West Indies as the ‘team to beat’ at T20 World Cup

Australia all-rounder Shane Watson has named the West Indies as the team to beat at the ICC World Twenty20 Sri Lanka 2012.

Watson 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,” says Watson.

“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.”

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 says.

Watson admits his excitement about the upcoming ODI series against England that begins on Friday.

“It is going to be a huge series. It is a great lead-in to next year’s Ashes and there is no doubt we have to be at our absolute best for that one-day series so our preparation is going to be very important, as is the way we perform. It is the first time for us with a slightly newer group of cricketers, a new coach Mickey Arthur and a new structure around us,” says Watson.

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.

“I’ve learnt a lot about the way I am going to get the best out of myself as an all-rounder, about my bowling workload and what my body can do. I am trying to find the best ways to give myself the best chance of not getting injured” says Watson.

“In the three months during the summer when I was injured, I learnt a lot and I have put a few things in place again to make sure that I am doing everything I can to give myself the best chance I can of staying fit.”

Watson also speaks about his passion for reading, which has inspired him to becoming an ambassador for the ICC’s partnership with Room to Read.

“Reading has become such a big part of my life,” said Watson. “Autobiographies are something I love reading the most because you get to learn from other people’s experiences and it has been a big part of my development as a person.

“Room to Read has been able to make a big headway to get reading and education into areas that never would have those opportunities and that has been a big reason why I have got involved.”

Ricky Ponting dropped, Shane Watson returns to ODI squad

Cricket Australia today announced a 13-man squad for the next two matches, against Sri Lanka in Hobart on Friday 24 February and against India in Sydney on Sunday 26 February.

Ricky Ponting, the former Australia captain, has been dropped from the ODI squad for the remainder of the triangular series following a poor run of form in the first five matches.

“Ricky Ponting has been dropped from the squad due to his lack of form in the five Commonwealth Bank Series matches to date in this series,” said National Selector John Inverarity.

“The team will not seem the same without him, but moving on from the omission of players who have been outstanding over a long period of time is the nature of elite sport.

“Ricky’s record speaks for itself. He is one of the truly great performers in the history of Australian ODI cricket, with his reputation enhanced further by him captaining Australia to two World Cup victories.

“Ricky’s contribution goes far beyond his batting statistics and his brilliant fielding. The example he sets in every respect and his extraordinarily positive influence in the dressing-room is acknowledged by all.

“He is held in the highest possible regard by his team-mates and there is no higher accolade than this.

“Ricky being prepared to take over the captaincy in Michael Clarke’s recent absence for the sake of the team is yet another example of his selfless attitude and team-first focus.”

All-rounder Shane Watson, skipper Michael Clarke and Ryan Harris will make their returns after recovering from injury, while Mitchell Starc has been left out.

“Ryan Harris has been re-included in the squad with Mitchell Starc making way for his return,” said Inverarity.

“Mitchell will benefit greatly from the Tests and the ODIs he has played. His development as a player of the future is most encouraging.

“Shane Watson also comes back into the squad. He is an all-rounder of proven class and the NSP is keen to have him re-join the squad.”

Selectors also confirmed Matthew Wade had overtaken Brad Haddin as the preferred ODI wicket-keeper for the Australian ODI team.

“The NSP made the decision that Matthew Wade is now the preferred ODI wicket-keeper for the Australian ODI team,” said Inverarity.

“The intention at this stage is to have both Matthew and Brad Haddin in the West Indies together for the duration of the tour.”

Australia ODI squad: Michael Clarke (c), Shane Watson (vc), Dan Christian, Xavier Doherty, Peter Forrest, Ryan Harris, Ben Hilfenhaus, David Hussey, Michael Hussey, Brett Lee, Clint McKay, Matthew Wade, David Warner.

Bring back Shane Watson, but keep me: Ed Cowan

In-form Test opener Ed Cowan wants to force Shane Watson down the Australian batting order on his return to the Test team by scoring heaps of runs at the top.

“He (Shane Watson) is probably the best player in the country so they certainly do have to fit him in,” Cowan said in Sydney.

“It’s no different to any other team, when guys are coming back you’ve got to hold your place in the team through weight of runs.

“How I see my job is to make it so difficult for the selectors, that Shane Watson has to bat somewhere else in the batting order.

“That’s simply done by me going out and making runs and the rest takes care of itself.

“If they’re having a discussion ‘should Shane Watson be opening the batting’ then I’m not doing my job.”

Cowan has scored 166 runs at an average of 41.5 in three Tests against India, including 74 in Perth that handed Australia a 3-0 series lead.

“Two fifties in three games … that’s okay, that’s a pass, but it’s not brilliant,” Cowan said.

“That’s why there’s excitement for this Test as well, to really cement that spot and make that a really difficult conversation for the tour of the West Indies.”

Cowan insists he feels comfortable at Test level but was disappointed about not converting either of his half-centuries into a maiden Test ton.

“I pride myself on being able to score the big scores once I’m set so that’s been a disappointing aspect but hopefully I can try and rectify that next week,” he said.

“I think I’ve probably thought about it too much the two times that I’ve been in.”

“There was that moment in Perth when I looked up and thought ‘I’m flying again this morning, if I keep going like this I’ll be 100 by lunch’ but then all of a sudden you’re sitting on your bum back in the change room.”

“The key to those big scores [in the lead-up to his Test debut] has been to continue with my rhythms and mental routines and maybe not look at the scoreboard too much.”

Cowan insisted Australia were not lacking in motivation for the fourth Test, despite having the series wrapped up.

“It’s exciting that we’re on the verge of something special as a team,” he said.

“Four-nil would be an absolute drubbing of the second best team in the world.”

Shane Watson could miss entire series against India

Australian star all-rounder Shane Watson’s recovery from hamstring and calf injuries has been slower than expected and he could miss the entire Test series against India.

Watson is yet to resume batting or bowliing since the injury, and sessions with Australia team physiotherapist Alex Kountouris this week have been confined to the gym.

“He had a gym session today with Alex but he is not batting or bowling yet,” a Cricket Australia spokesman said.

“He is a work in progress.”

Watson suffered the injury on the tour of South Africa last month.

Cricket Australia Injury Update: Shane Watson, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Johnson, Ryan Harris, Shaun Marsh, Ben Cutting

Cricket Australia has provided an update on a number of players currently recovering from injuries.

Below given is what the Cricket Australia physiotherapist Alex Kountouris had to say about the injured Australian players.

Shane Watson

“Shane Watson is making good progress from the right hamstring injury he sustained in the second Test against South Africa, in Johannesburg.”

“He has not fully recovered to be considered available to play the second Test against New Zealand but is on track to be fit for the Boxing Day Vodafone Test against India.”

Pat Cummins

“Pat Cummins is still recovering from the left heel injury sustained during the South Africa Test series.

“He will continue his rehabilitation in an attempt to be fit for the first Test against India.”

Ryan Harris

“Ryan Harris will resume bowling this week after been given time to recover from the pelvic injury sustained in South Africa.

“His return to playing will be determined by the progress made over the next week, when he returns to training.”

Shaun Marsh

“Shaun Marsh has made good progress from the lower back injury sustained in South Africa. He is expected to return to training later this week with a view to being fit for the India Test series later this month.”

Ben Cutting

“Ben Cutting injured his left abdominal muscle in a ‘side strain’ injury during the Bupa Sheffield Shield Game for Queensland on Friday. His return to cricket will become clearer over the next week.”

Mitchell Johnson

Mitchell Johnson had surgery earlier this week for a left foot injury sustained in the second Test against South Africa.

“The surgery went well and he is due to return to Perth in the coming days.

“He is expected to be out of cricket for approximately 5 months.”

Michael Lumb joins the Sydney Sixers

Hampshire and England opening batsman Michael Lumb has signed the Sydney Sixers as their first overseas signing for the inaugural season of the new KFC T20 Big Bash League.

Lumb, a hard hitting left-handed opener, opened the batting for England in T20 World Cup, where they lifted the trophy by beating Australia in the final in Barbados in May, 2010. He played in all seven matches in the tournament, scoring 137 runs at a strike rate of 141.23.

Lumb, who played for Queensland in last year’s KFC Big Bash, is delighted to play in the new KFC T20 Big Bash League.

“I must really thank Stuart for the chance to represent the Sydney Sixers in the new KFC T20 Big Bash League.”

“I really enjoyed my experience in Australia last season, and it will be a pleasure to run out at the SCG as part of a really strong side. It is a superb ground and I can’t wait to get the chance to play there with the Sixers.”

Stuart Clark is also delighted to have Lumb in the squad.

“Michael is a proven player in this form of the game and showed with his performances for England in the T20 World Cup that he knows how to perform on the big stage.”

“He will bring some great hitting ability at the start of the innings, and provide us with the sort of overall experience in this form of the game that will be invaluable to the squad.”

New South Wales all-rounder Dominic Thornely and Sydney University all-rounder Ian Moran have also been inlcuded in the squad.

Thornely played in the KFC Big Bash last season for the RTA SpeedBlitz Blues, and is still one of the best First Grade players going around.

Ian Moran has been one of the best performed First Graders in recent years. As an opening bowler and top order bat with the Sydney University side, this will be a great opportunity for him to show his talent. The 31 one year old has previously represented Scotland in the English County one day competition.

Sixers General Manager Stuart Clark is pleased with the group of players that have been recruited.

“We have decided to only contract 16 players at this stage to leave room for some movement later in the year. We feel like we have a good mix of players both in terms of skills and experience, however, given that six months is a long time in cricket we didn’t feel the need to lock in a full 18 man squad just yet, as we wanted some room to move later on.”

Sydney Sixers squad: Steve Smith, Moises Henriques, Ben Rohrer, Peter Nevill, Mitchell Starc, Ed Cowan, Nic Maddinson, Brett Lee, Patrick Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Shane Watson, Stephen O’Keefe, Brad Haddin, Michael Lumb, Dominic Thornely, Ian Moran.

Sachin is the best Test cricketer, says Strauss

England Test captain Andrew Strauss believes Sachin Tendulkar is the best Test cricketer of all time.

Strauss said, “I think I would probably say it is Sachin Tendulkar, who has been the best Test cricketer of all time. For him to go on for so long and maintain his incredibly high standards is a great testament of the man and the desire of his outrageous talent as well.’

Looking ahead to the England-India series, which begins at Lord’s on Thursday 21 July, Strauss admitted he is excited about the challenge of taking on India, the world’s number one team.

“I think it will be special – any series against India is special anyway. It is going to be a challenge, because India is a very confident side. They have got every right to feel confident about their ability. On the other hand we are playing at home. It has all the makings of a classic series,” said Strauss.

The England captain also recalled the moment that first got him interested in Test match cricket and revealed what he believes is the greatest match of all time.

“The moment that ignited my interest in Test cricket was England winning the 1986-87 Ashes Test series under Mike Gatting,” said Strauss.

“The Test match that springs out for me as the best is the Edgbaston match in the 2005 Ashes series, which we won by two runs.”

ICC Cricket Committee chairman and former West Indies captain Clive Lloyd also shares his thoughts on why Test cricket is the ultimate challenge for international players.

“Twenty20 is an exhibition, but Test cricket is an examination in all aspects of your game. When any player retires from the game, he wants to be known as a Test player, as someone who has battled his way through,” says Lloyd.

Australia all-rounder Shane Watson, Sri Lanka wicket-keeper Kumar Sangakkara, former West Indies captain Clive Lloyd and Indian legend Sourav Ganguly join ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat on this week’s show which is a special celebration of the 2000th Test match.

Shane Watson joins Sydney Sixers

Australian vice captain Shane Watson will play for Sydney Sixers in the inaugural 2011-12 KFC T20 Big Bash League. He will joins fellow New South Wales stars Brett Lee and Steve Smith.

Coach Stuart Clark is delighted to have Watson in the team.

“Shane is a quality cricketer and we are delighted that he has chosen to join the Sixers. He brings a combination of experience and class, and will help provide the leadership that will teach our younger players what it takes to win. He is a match-winner with both bat and ball, and a quality human being”

Shane Watson is also excited to join  Sydney Sixers.

“When Stuart rang me about joining the Sixers I was excited about the type of team that he was building and the quality group of players that he was putting together. It’s great to be based at my favourite place in the world to play cricket, the SCG, and I hope that I can add something to the squad and be part of a winning culture.”

Wastson has a batting strike rate of 148.69 for Australia in T20 game, and an economy rate of 7.65 per over with the ball.

He was part of Rajasthan Royals in Indian Premier League, and this year contributed 330 runs at 33.00, and bowled with an economy rate of 6.69.

Ricky Ponting and Shane Watson back for Sri Lanka ODI series‎

Captain Ricky Ponting and opening batsman Shane Watson were both named in the 15-member Australian squad announced on Tuesday for the ODI series against Sri Lanka next month.

Wicketkeeper Brad Haddin and fast bowler Peter Siddle were also included in the squad after both have recovered from the injuries.

“The squad sees the return of Ricky Ponting and Shane Watson after missing the Indian One-day series and also the return of Brad Haddin from injury,” said NSP Chairman Andrew Hilditch.

David Warner and Callum Ferguson, who were part of the squad for the just-concluded ODI series against India, have been left out.

The opening game will be played on 03 November in Perth, the second match on November 5 in Sydney, followed by the third and final game in Brisbane on November 7.

Australia squad – Ricky Ponting (captain), Michael Clarke (vice-captain), Xavier Doherty, Brad Haddin, John Hastings, Nathan Hauritz, Mike Hussey, Mitchell Johnson, Shaun Marsh, Clint McKay, Peter Siddle, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Shane Watson, Cam White.