Sydney, (Agencies): If Australia has to win the World Cup for the fourth time in a row, it will require opener Shane Watson to do what Adam Gilchrist and Matthew Hayden did for Australia-provide them quick fire runs.

Going by his current form, Watson, might just prove out to be the star of the tournament and win the title for Australia. His blistering inning of 161 against England in the ODI series opener set the tone for the rest of the series, with Australia ruthlessly trampling England 6-1.

With Mike Hussey being ruled out of the tournament, there is an added responsibility on Watson to turn the game in Australia’s favor at crunch moments.

The 29-year-old, has won his second successive Allan Border Medal when the award for the outstanding Australian cricketer of the year was announced.


Watson has impressed with his fitness too. The fact that he has managed to play without injury throughout a gruelling Australian summer has been noteworthy.

Watson accepted that emulating former England skipper, Andrew Flintoff contributed to his problems.

"It's true I became obsessed with being Australia's answer to Freddie Flintoff," he recently told Inside Cricket magazine.

"I wanted to be that player so much. I now know that it was something that held me back, being too intense and over-training. It was my downfall."