Shane Watson: Warm-up games are crucial to build confidence before WC

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Shane Watson says warm-up games are crucial to build confidence and momentum. Australian former cricketer Shane Watson expressed his opinion on the importance of warm-up games before the World Cup 2023. In addition, the former all-rounder also underlined that warm-up games can help build momentum.


In an interview with Star Sports Shane Watson who was the StarCast expert for “Mission World Cup” stated

“These warm-up games they are integral. For sure, you want to be able to play as close to your first and starting 11 for India against Australia; as close as you can. Because then you can build momentum, everyone knows what their roles are, everybody knows how to fulfill those roles. And then to play those two warm-up games, just for everyone to be able to find their feet and know exactly what those roles are”

Talking of the No.5 position concern for the Indian squad, Shane Watson added

“The number 5 position is so important for any team, especially because that is one of the biggest question marks for India, and that number 8 spot. So, for sure those two positions in particular, but it’s really important to build that confidence and build that momentum even in those practice matches”

Shane Watson further added

“People don’t realise how important those practice matches are. I know how important it was in 2007, in the lead up to the first game, our confidence in the Aussie team was a bit low but the first practice match we played against England we really started to build our confidence into that 2007 world cup campaign. So, you certainly can’t take those games lightly. They are very important just to bring everyone together and start building that momentum”

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