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Shane Watson happy to strike form early in ICC Champions Trophy 2013


Shane Watson talks to the press after his match-winning knock for Australia in the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 warm-up match on Sunday.

All-rounder Shane Watson slammed a quickfire ton to guide Australia to an easy win over the West Indies in their opening warm-up tie of the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy at Cardiff on Saturday.

Chasing a competitive total of 257, Australia got off to a disastrous start losing their first two wickets with only four runs on the board. Opener David Warner and Phil Hughes were both caught behind for duck off pacer Kemar Roach’s bowling in the second over of their innings.

However, Watson combined with vice-captain George Bailey to add 68 runs for the third wicket to resurrect Australia’s innings.

Nonetheless, it was in the company of Adam Voges that Watson put Australia in command. The duo added 125 runs in only 103 balls for the fourth wicket. Watson’s innings of 135 included 15 hits to the fence and four massive sixes.

West Indies struck twice to dismiss both the batsmen in quick succession, raising hopes of making a comeback in the game. However, Matthew Wade and Mitchell Marsh ensured there was no further collapse

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