'Diplomatic' Watson says opening in Tests always 'top preference'

Sydney, Feb 10 (ANI): Shane Watson has once again reiterated his desire of playing as an opener in the Australian Test team, however, the all rounder diplomatically claimed he would not like to put pressure on incumbent Ed Cowan.

Watson's spectacular form at the top of the order in the one-day series against West Indies after returning from a leg injury has put enormous pressure on Cowan, News.com.au reports.

Watson made 76 on Friday, only two days after a blistering century in the Canberra one-day.

Watson said he'd bat anywhere he was asked by selectors and coach Mickey Arthur when he arrives in India this week for the four-Test tour, but in the same breath, he was adamant opening remained his preference, especially while in the team as a specialist batsman.

The vice-captain added he certainly do love opening and had his most success there in Test cricket especially, adding he also knows how important it is to get the balance of the batting order exactly right as well.

Watson said in the end he is just content to fulfil a role wherever he can, adding he is not here to put extra pressure on Cowan, at all, because he knows he wants to be doing the best job he can.

Watson added the reason why he got moved down the order is mainly to do with his bowling but moving forward, and he added that he really doesn't want his bowling to be able to get in the way of my batting.

Watson, who averages 43.7 in 24 Tests as an opener and 25.2 in 14 matches in other slots, said opening was where he felt most comfortable. (ANI)


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