Watson hopes for improved performances in CLT20

Shane Watson has scored only 34 runs in the first two matches Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Chennai: Sep 30, 2011

New South Wales Blues opener Shane Watson is not pleased with his individual performance with the bat in the ongoing Champions League T20 tournament, and hopes to produce something special in the upcoming games.

“It hasn’t exactly gone according to the plan. We should have chased down 140 pretty comfortably against T&T. Unfortunately a few of us haven’t been able to get going with the bat so far. Personally, it has been really disappointing to not get a big score and I hope to make bigger scores in the coming games to set up a big total for the team,” Watson said.

The Australian vice-captain said that tacking spin has always been a challenge for the tourists, “That’s always a big challenge. The re-laid Chennai wicket does turn a bit and is way slower than it has ever been here at the Chepauk. It is a lot different from the times I ve played here during the IPL. It has taken us a bit of time to adapt to the conditions here but now we’ve played two games and know the conditions well.”

Talking about the omission of spinner Nathan Hauritz in their clash against Trinidad & Tobago on a slow track at Chennai, Watson said, “In the first game we played it didn’t really turn that much. There was just a bit of variable pace and bounce which would’ve assisted the quick bowlers. But the ball did turn a lot more in the last game so, I’m sure Hauritz will come into the calculation again for the Mumbai game.”

NSW Blues have two young pacers Patrick Cummins and Mitchell Starc. While Starc has not been selected for the upcoming Australia s tour of South Africa, 18-year-old Cummins was included.

“It’s a big learning curve for them. Some of these guys haven’t spent much time in India and haven’t bowled on too many slow tracks. The Chennai wicket was probably one of the slowest wickets that I have played on. It’s a big challenge and opportunity for these guys who are the future of Australian bowling.”