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Clark backs Watson, Warner to deliver for NSW

October 1, 2011, 4:43 PM IST
Clark backs Watson, Warner to deliver for NSW

Chennai: Veteran New South Wales pacer Stuart Clark on Saturday said his team's openers David Warner and Shane Watson are due big knocks in the Champions League Twenty20 and is hoping that these innings come in their remaining two group matches.

New South Wales are placed fourth in the five-team Group A in the Champions League Twenty20 with two points and have to win their remaining two group games to be in with a chance of making the semifinals.

In both their group matches so far, NSW openers Warner and Watson have thrown away their wicket after getting starts, following which the Australian side has struggled in the middle overs.

"The game is what it is. You have got to get one more run than (the opposition) and the wicket isn't conducive to batting all the time. So from a batting point of view, we'd have liked to seem them get a few more runs and some of the guys (who) got in to go on and made a big score of 70 or 80 or something like that.

"But you could also say that they are probably due a big score and win us a couple of games," Clark said at a press conference here.

"Someone like David Warner or Shane Watson, both made more than 30 in either game but threw their wicket away. If one of them goes on and (makes a big score) then we'll probably win the game. I think it's a question of them taking control of the game and taking the game away from them.

Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
IND
9 7 1 1 15 +0.80
2
AUS
9 7 2 0 14 +0.86
3
ENG
9 6 3 0 12 +1.15
4
NZ
9 5 3 1 11 +0.17
5
PAK
9 5 3 1 11 -0.43
6
SL
9 3 4 2 8 -0.91
7
SA
9 3 5 1 7 -0.03
8
BAN
9 3 5 1 7 -0.41
9
WI
9 2 6 1 5 -0.22
10
AFG
9 0 9 0 0 -1.32

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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