Australia Ready to Face T20 World Cup

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By Dhrubajyoti Biswas | March 12, 2014 6:01 PM EST

After a successful tour in South Africa, Australia is all geared up to face the ICC T20 World Cup challenge to be held at Bangladesh from March 16 to April 6. 

The right-handed batsman and fast medium bowler, Shane Watson, said, "This is the best squad we've ever assembled in Twenty20 cricket.

"We've got the most balanced side and balanced (national T20) squad I've ever been involved in.

"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. In all conditions, against any opposition we can match up really well.

"Twenty20 cricket is fickle, but if you have a lot of match-winners in your team you've got more of a chance of it being someone's day."

Australia will face the first match against Pakistan on May 23.

Darren Lehman, who coached Deccan Chargers of Indian Premier League (IPL) and Brisbane Heat, is appointed coach for the T20 series.

Watson also stated the importance of practice for the squad. He said, "The more cricket you play as a group, the better prepared you are going to be heading into such a big tournament."

Even with the T20 series getting washed out by rain in South Africa, Watson further stated, it won't be a major issue to face the coming series.

"It certainly won't affect our World Cup preparation too much," he said.

"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."

With the rise of T20, Cricket Australia is putting more attention to the new format to develop a formidable squad competing in the upcoming series.

The strong lineup of Australia does have good chance this time to win the cup.  All we have to wait for the series to start and see where Aussies stands.  

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