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Hopeful Shane Watson optimistic for Australia in World Twenty20

Shane Watson captained Australia to a narrow defeat against India, but believes they are in a good place ahead of the World Twenty20.

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After smashing a superb century as stand-in captain in Sunday's thrilling defeat to India, Shane Watson believes Australia have a good chance of success at the upcoming World Twenty20.

Watson was deputising for regular skipper Aaron Finch, who sustained a hamstring injury in the 27-run loss at the MCG on Friday.

The all-rounder was in stunning form at the SCG on Sunday, crashing an unbeaten 124 from 71 balls, including 10 fours and six sixes.

But it was not enough as India, chasing 198 to win, got home by seven wickets as Suresh Raina hit the final ball from Andrew Tye for four to seal a 3-0 series whitewash.

The series loss represents a setback ahead of the World T20, which gets under way in India in March, but Watson sees plenty of reasons for optimism.

"They [India] certainly are special," said Watson. "They showed it to us in the one-day series as well. We put up the big score, but couldn't get ourselves over the line.

"At this point of time I am loving every minute of playing for Australia. The privilege to captain the team was great, although it was a bit hectic at times.

"I do enjoy my batting. I blocked the ball a bit too much early, but it was a pleasure to bat with Uzzie [Usman Khawaja]. I can't believe he got out.

"We have got the world-class players, there is no reason why we can't have a successful World T20. We just need to chalk out the roles."

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