Shane Watson added heavy bats can be helpful since the wickets in India could be a bit slower or lower © Getty Images
Shane Watson added heavy bats can be helpful since the wickets in India could be a bit slower or lower © Getty Images

Melbourne: Australian all-rounder Shane Watson, along with skipper Steve Smith and James Faulkner are all set to use heavier bats in the World T20 in a bid to send New Zealand‘s spin attack over the fences when the two sides will clash in their group stage match in Dharamsala on Friday. Australia were prompted to use more powerful weapons after New Zealand decimated India with their own brand of spin bowling in the World T20 opener in Nagpur on Tuesday. Full Cricket Scorecard: Australia vs New Zealand, 17th T20 Match, Super 10 Group 2

Australian opener David Warner is likely to go ahead with his Kaboom bat that he usually plays with in ODI and Tests, but he might opt for a lighter bat depending on the ground. Meanwhile, other Australian teammates had requested deluxe models from their manufacturers to compensate for the lower bounce in the T20 format’s pinnacle event, news.com.au reported. Reflecting on his choice of bat, Watson admitted that he would definitely like to play with a heavy bat, saying that it would prove to be beneficial going to the Indian conditions, where the wickets could be a bit slower or lower. Australia will also face hosts India, Pakistan and Bangladesh in their group stages matches.

Only time will tell whether heavy bats will really help Australian batsmen or not. However, it needs to be mentioned that heavy bats do often help to counter spin on dust bowls. Some batsmen like the legendary Indian batsmen Sachin Tendulkar and former South African batting all-rounder Lance Klusener were known to use heavy bats on a regular basis.