Watson: Hosts the biggest threat at WT20


Veteran Australia all-rounder Shane Watson says World Twenty20 hosts India will be the toughest opposition to beat next month, given their experience in the format in home conditions.

Watson, a veteran of the Indian Premier League and this year's most expensive player, knows the conditions, and India's players, very well, and feels the Aussies will have tricky time getting a win against them.

Watson told the CA website: "I think India will be the toughest team because it’s in their home conditions. They know their conditions better than anyone and have performed well in big events at home.

"India have a good all-round team; their batting has firepower all the way through, bowling-wise, their spinners are world-class and they have some good quicks.

"Ashish Nehra is bowling really well and (Jasprit) Bumrah has been a great find for them. They have a really well balanced team so I think they will be a big challenge."

As for his personal challenges, Watson said he was happy just to be in the squad, and would bat wherever he was told to, once skipper Steve Smith had decided who would open, and go from there.

He added: "I'm not sure where I'm going to bat in the upcoming T20 World Cup. We have a number of world-class opening batsmen with Finch, Khawaja, and Warner.

"(Whatever) the makeup of the team, we're going to be a very strong batting line-up, there’s no doubt about that.

"We're just going to have to fit in with what works best for the team."