Shane Watson feels India and Pakistan could sneak into WTC final if current top two perform badly

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South
Africa
and
Australia
currently
occupy
the
top
two
spots
in
the

WTC
table
followed
by
Sri
Lanka,
India
and
Pakistan,
who
still
stand
a
chance
to
break
into
the
top-two
spots
in
case
things
go
wrong
for
teams
above
them
in
the
points
table.

Watson
said
it
is
very
hard
for
South
Africa
and
Australia,
who
have
played
some
good
cricket
in
the
WTC
cycle,
to
“not
make
the
final”.

“Right
now,
the
way
I
see
it,
it
is
going
to
be
hard
for
South
Africa
and
Australia
to
not
make
it,”
Watson
said
on
the
latest
episode
of
ICC
Review.

“They
are
both
playing
really
good
cricket.
Australia
played
good
cricket
apart
from
that
last
Test
against
Sri
Lanka
where
they
got
swept
up
in
turning
conditions
in
the
last
innings,”
he
added.

However,
the
legendary
Australian
feels
some
bad
performances
from
the
current
top
two
will
open
up
an
opportunity
for
India
and
Pakistan
to
sneak
into
the
top
two
spots.

“You
can
never
discount
India
and
Pakistan,
because
they
have
got
so
many
match
winners,
outside
of
their
home
countries
as
well.
Those
two,
I
would
be
very
surprised
if
they
do
not
come
knocking
on
the
door
leading
into
the
final,”
he
said.

Pakistan
will
have
home
advantage
for
their
five
final
fixtures,
where
they
will
face
New
Zealand
and
England,
while
India
will
be
hosting
Australia
in
four
of
their
final
six
WTC
matches
and
touring
Bangladesh.

Meanwhile,
the
current
top
two
will
face
each
other
as
Australia
host
South
Africa
for
three
Tests
later
this
year.
The
Australian
side
will
also
host
West
Indies,
who
will
tour
South
Africa
next
year.

Watson,
who
has
represented
Australia
in
59
Test
matches,
wishes
that
he
was
a
part
of
WTC,
which
was
introduced
after
he
retired
from
international
cricket.

“I
wish
I
did
(play
in
the
WTC).
Even
in
my
playing
days,
in
Test
cricket,
there
was
a
lot
of
talk
about
the
ICC
World
Test
Championship
coming
into
play,
and
it
took
way
too
long
to
be
put
into
place,
and
unfortunately,
I
missed
out
on
it,”
he
said.

While
he
missed
out
on
playing
in
the
World
Test
Championship,
Watson
revealed
that
he
was
fortunate
to
play
in
the
Australia
vs
World
XI
Super
Test
in
2005.

“I
was
very
fortunate
to
play
a
‘Super
Test’ in
2005,
Australia
against
a
World
XI,
which
was
something
very
special

it
was
one
of
the
first
Test
matches
I
played.
That
was
special
to
be
a
part
of,
but
this
is
even
more
so,
to
be
able
to
win
an
ICC
event
and
it
being
in
Test
cricket,”
Watson
added.

“For
the
current
playing
group,
Test
cricketers
around
the
world,
it
is
very
special
to
know
there’s
a
culmination
coming
with
a
(WTC)
final.”

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