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Last Updated: Saturday, 17 March 2007, 09:09 GMT
Scotland undaunted by SA showdown
Ryan Watson
facing a world-class attack takes a bit of getting used to

Ryan watson
Acting captain Ryan Watson admits Scotland must take any chances which come their way to have a chance of beating South Africa at the World Cup.

Watson was encouraged by the way Scotland bowled at the start of last Wednesday's game against Australia.

"We could have had them 25-2, 30-3, if things had gone our way - we dropped Ponting early doors," he said.

"We created opportunities and if we can hang onto them next time, then anything can happen on that small ground."

Batsman Watson will lead the side in St Kitts on Wednesday because regular skipper Craig Wright has flown home following the death of an aunt.

And he is relishing the prospect of doing so against a side including Graeme Smith and Mark Boucher, who he played against at school level when he was growing up in South Africa.

"I done it throughout my career for various teams and I've done it for the Scottish side on a number of occasions. I've always enjoyed it and it's always an honour to do it," Watson told the BBC.

"It will add a bit a bit of spice by the fact that I know Boucher and Smith quite well.

"I went to school in East London with Mark, then moved to Joburg and captained Graeme there. He was always a young lad compared to me - he's come a long way since then."

Watson said his decision on whether to bat or bowl should he win the toss would depend on conditions and how the team saw the game at that moment.

In the match against Australia, Wright opted to put them in and then saw the World Cup holders pile up 334-6.

"I don't think the decision was wrong. The covers were on a long time before the game and to be fair Hoffy [Paul Hoffmann] bowled beautifully up front and could have got a couple of edges.

"They did get 330 but up until the 47th over they only had 270-280, so we lost it a little bit in the last three overs," said Watson.

"Australia are the best side in the world in my opinion, so hopefully the next games will get a little easier.

"Every team, when it comes to the top eight, is going to be tough to beat so it just makes it an even bigger victory if you can turn one of them over.

"I suppose the only good thing when you play the number one ranked team [South Africa] is you get a little bit more hype behind it and that's always good for the development of the game in Scotland," he added.

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