Watson happy to see Australia gelling ahead of South Africa decider


Shane Watson believes Australia are gelling as a team ahead of the decider in their Twenty20 series against South Africa in Cape Town Wednesday.

The Proteas looked set to follow their opening three-wicket win in Durban with another triumph in the second match in Johannesburg after posting 204-7.

Watson opened the batting for Australia alongside Aaron Finch, but scored just nine, with the heroics of David Warner (77 from 40) and Glenn Maxwell (75 from 43) - the pair mounting the fourth highest stand in international T20 history - helping to secure a final-ball victory to level the series at 1-1.

The 34-year-old did not bowl at the Wanderers due to an abdominal issue, but has been stepping up his full return ahead of the meeting at Newlands, where Australia were victorious on their only previous visit in 2011.

Watson admitted to having struggled due to a lack of certainty over roles in the batting order, but they are rapidly approaching a set plan which he feels will help the team push on to another level.

"The most important thing is having clarity in our roles and we're certainly getting closer to that," he said.

"Once all the roles are really defined and we all know exactly where we going to be batting, what's expected of us, that's a big part in getting a team to gel and come together.

"It's still not totally defined, but we're certainly getting closer to it with how the selectors and captain are talking."

Ahead of the series Australia spoke of their plan to counteract the destructive capacity of Proteas star AB de Villiers, who was dismissed for a golden duck in Durban before hitting 13 at the Wanderers, with spin and Watson hopes to get him out early once again.

"Getting him out, that's the plan. Because we certainly don't want him batting any longer than he has so far because I've seen and experienced it plenty of times," said Watson.

"At the time it's not a pleasure to watch, but it's a treat to see him play when he's absolute best. Hopefully this is one more game where we can get out plan right and get him out early."

Despite the hosts' failure to defend their 200-plus lead at the Wanderers, bowling coach Charl Langeveldt believes they have made progress.

Langeveldt highlighted the variety of death-bowling options as one of the Proteas' key strengths, though he insisted they will need more resilience if they are to be victorious at the World Twenty20.

"Our skill levels have improved and that was our main focus in the last year and a half," he said. "Everyone can bowl at the death and you don't become predictable.

"If you want to win a World Cup you need to able to defend 200. We didn't pull it through, we had a lot of ifs and buts. We need to win games like that. If you want to become a champion team you need to adapt - T20 is all about adapting."