England can succeed without KP: Watson

Sep 18, 2012, 07:36 IST | PA Sport

Australia stalwart Shane Watson believes England's young battling line-up has the talent to cover the absence of Kevin Pietersen as the reigning champions look to become the first nation to successfully defend the ICC World Twenty20 title

Pietersen was named player of the tournament in the West Indies two years ago as England beat Watson’s Australia in the final to win the third edition of the World Twenty20 and their first-ever ICC trophy.

Kevin Pietersen

Watson said: “As a player there’s no doubt he will be missed — Kevin Pietersen is an amazingly talented batsman.

“In the last (Twenty20) World Cup, he was one of the big reasons why England won it.

“But England have a number of very exciting young guys coming in, who can do a really good job as well.”

He added: “It won’t have too much of a dent in the England side, because they’ll be able to make up for it pretty well,” he added.

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