Nevill turns to Watson ahead of South Africa series


Australia wicketkeeper Peter Nevill has turned to Shane Watson for advice ahead of his team's first Twenty20 international against South Africa.

Nevill is in line to make his T20 international debut in the series opener in Durban on Friday.

The 30-year-old was also a surprise inclusion in Australia's ICC World T20 squad, given the lack of explosiveness in his batting.

Nevill has asked veteran all-rounder Watson for support and the two worked together in training on Wednesday.

"He's one of the best at [hitting sixes]," he told a news conference. 

"His advice was excellent as well so you're always learning whenever you're training and you're trying to get better.

"Having guys like Shane Watson around, it's a great resource for you."

Nevill averages just 14.58 with the bat in domestic T20s and was chosen mostly for his prowess behind the stumps.

He said it was clear what his role was going to be in Australia's line-up.

"I've sort of been told what my role is going to be and that's catch the ball and keep well," Nevill said.

"And then make a contribution if needed down the bottom of the order."

Australia are in South Africa for a three-match series before heading to India for the showpiece tournament.

Captain Steve Smith has said question marks remain over his top order ahead of the event and he gets a chance to put them to the test.

Australia's most recent T20 series resulted in a 3-0 loss to India in January, leaving them with work to do.

They will receive a great challenge with star South Africa paceman Dale Steyn declared fit for the series.

Steyn is yet to feature in a match this year but has recovered from groin and shoulder problems.

South Africa enjoyed a 2-0 series victory over England in their T20s in February.