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Shane Watson says selection in Australian T20 squad a 'pleasant surprise'

Shane Watson concedes he does not expect to play one-day international cricket again, but says it was a "pleasant surprise" to be included in Australia's Twenty20 squad for a three-game series against India. 

Snubbed from Australia's 50-over side earlier this month, Watson, who featured in 190 ODIs, again missed out on selection for the remaining two one-dayers in Canberra and Sydney. 

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Rather than mull over the selectors' decision, Watson has switched his focus primarily to T20 and working towards his goal - that he says keeps him motivated - of contributing to successful teams. 

"I wasn't worrying about it [selection] at all anymore because after being dropped from the one-day squad, I knew that my international days were probably nearly over," Watson said. "So it's nice to get that surprise and get that call from Rod Marsh yesterday. I've closed that chapter in my cricket career. [I've] still got plenty of cricket to be able to play in other competitions around the world. I'm just enjoying every moment because I know it's probably not too far away before those days are done, so I'm just making the most of every day I've got." 

Shane Watson playing for  Thunder
Shane Watson playing for Thunder Photo: Getty Images

With his international career up in the air, Watson's poor start to the Big Bash would have no doubt given him reason to think he might miss out on selection in matches of his preferred format. He made 30 runs in four innings and admitted at the time he was out of touch and disappointed to not be contributing to a Sydney Thunder side who won their opening three matches. 

It was a different story for Watson in his last four knocks - with scores of 46, 18, 62 and 66 giving national selectors a timely reminder of just how important the 34-year-old could be in a World T20 squad, should he be picked. 

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"It's nice to know I can still contribute like I have over the last three or four games for the Thunder," Watson said. "To be able to turn it around like I did and know that I was able to contribute more, especially with the bat, that's the most satisfying thing. 

"That would be the goal [to be selected in the World T20 squad], there's no doubt. It's something that we haven't played incredibly well at over the previous few tournaments."  

Watson in the national team.
Watson in the national team. Photo: AP

Hard-hitting Brisbane Heat batsmen Chris Lynn was the other notable inclusion in the squad at the expense of George Bailey. Watson would not be drawn on whether he thought Bailey should or shouldn't be in the team, but gave Lynn, the Big Bash's highest run scorer, the ultimate compliment. 

"I've never seen someone hit the ball like he did at the Gabba when we were playing," Watson said of Lynn's 75 from 32 balls two weeks ago. "Even though we played in the rain, that ball was still travelling a long way. I've never seen anyone hit the ball as consistently as far as he does. He's a very exciting talent." 

Shaun Tait - the second oldest member of the squad behind Watson - has also been rewarded for his menacing form of late in the Big Bash - something Watson said he was on the receiving end of when the Thunder played Hobart on New Year's Day. 

"I faced two balls. One was a very fast bouncer the other one I nicked off," Watson said. "Shaun Tait's an X-factor. He always has been and it's great to see him back around the Aussie team. I still believe he has a lot to offer." 

Australia ODI squad:

Steve Smith (c), David Warner (vc), George Bailey,  Scott Boland, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, John Hastings, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Matthew Wade.

Australia T20 squad:

Aaron Finch (c), Scott Boland, Cameron Boyce, James Faulkner, John Hastings, Travis Head, Nathan Lyon, Chris Lynn, Glenn Maxwell, Shaun Marsh, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Shaun Tait, Andrew Tye, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Shane Watson.

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