All-rounder Shane Watson says that the Australia squad that will attempt to win the ICC World Twenty20 2014 is the best that has ever been picked to play the shortest format of the game.
Although the ICC World Twenty20 is the one global trophy Australia have never won, many are predicting that this will be the year that they fill that gap in their honours list.
With Aaron Finch now ranked the best Twenty20 batsman in the world, the experience of Brad Hodge and Brad Hogg and the all-round skills of Watson, Glenn Maxwell and James Faulkner to call on, Australia have plenty of strength in depth.
"For me, this is the best squad that we have ever picked in Twenty20 cricket," Watson said at a press conference shortly after his arrival in Bangladesh.
"We've got experience all the way down through our batting order," he added. "We've got power all the way through our batting order which is going to mean that we've got guys up until eight and nine who can win a match off their own bat.
"What is very important in Twenty20 cricket is to have a lot of match-winners and bowling-wise we've got a number of match winners as well."
However, one of those match-winners who won't be with the team is Mitchell Johnson, who was ruled out of the tournament wit a toe injury.
"It's obviously sad and disappointing that we don't have Mitch Johnson here because he's certainly a match winner and he's going to be sorely missed but we've got really good back up as well," Watson said of Johnson's absence.
Australia are scheduled to play a warm-up game against New Zealand tomorrow (19th March) before they start their campaign in Group 2 of the competition against Pakistan on 23rd March.
They will then play the West Indies (28th March), India (30th March) and a qualifier (1st April).
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