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Watson relishes playing the role of villain as Kiwi crowds get stuck in.

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Christchurch (New Zealand), Feb.28 (ANI): Kiwi supporters have already singled out Australian opener Shane Watson as public enemy No.1 on this tour, screaming the house down during the first Twenty20 clash at Wellington, but the man is relishing every minute of it.

It was deafening, complemented by foot stomping and clapping, reaching a crescendo between the fifth and sixth deliveries of Watson's third over of Australia's six-wicket win.

Having already triggered a slanging match with equally combative Kiwi batsman James Franklin, Watson ran in to bowl, enticed an edge from Gareth Hopkins, Brad Haddin took the catch, Watson punched the air and the locals had their villain.

Later, Franklin paid tribute to Watson's competitiveness, saying he had no idea why the Australian all-rounder started "barking" at him - but welcoming a repeat in game two at Christchurch today. (ANI)

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