Clarke backs Watson to get a big score

Australia captain Michael Clarke says he will not be surprised if allrounder Shane Watson gets a big score in their World Cup Pool A match against New Zealand in Auckland on Saturday.

Watson, who got a first-ball duck in Australia's only match in the tournament so far against England, is under-pressure to keep his place in the starting team.

Clarke, himself coming back into the team from a hamstring injury, will replace George Bailey in the starting line-up, and said Watson deserved to backed as he has produced the goods for Australia over a long period of time.

Australia skipper Clarke told a media conference: "Look, I think he [Watson] has been a wonderful player for Australia over a long period of time.

"I think 'Watto' has certainly acknowledged that he would like to make runs as much as anybody.

"I've watched his preparation since coming back in this World Cup campaign and he's training the house down. He's hitting the ball well. He seems fit and healthy.

"So I personally, I don't think he's far away from a big score, and I think in this big game, I wouldn't be surprised if you see him walk out there and make an important hundred for us."