Watson hungry to eradicate doubts over batting credentials in Test cricket

Sydney, Feb 21 (ANI): Australia vice-captain Shane Watson has claimed he is looking to give a befitting reply to his critics, who believe he doesn't merit a place in the Test team because he is not among the top six batsman in the country.

The 31-year-old's injury-driven decision to place the bowling aspect of his game on hold led critics to opine that he does not merit a spot in the Australian XI, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

Watson's calm exterior suggests an indifference to having his status questioned but as Friday's first Test approaches in India's south, he admits he is bent on ramming home over this four-Test assignment why he should be an automatic selection, all-rounder or not, the paper reported.

Watson said there has been a lot that has been mentioned over the last six months on whether he warrants a position in the side as a batsman if he is not bowling, adding he is playing as a batsman in India.

Watson added he wants to be able to prove to the selectors and to the people who at times maybe don't think that he is one of the top six batsmen in Australia, to prove that he is that, and that he can get picked as a batsman, adding that his bowling is just a bonus thing to be able to add to the team.

Set to bat at No. 4 in the Australian order, Watson had wanted to open but selectors will stick with Ed Cowan in Chennai.

Watson is also intent on being a louder voice in the team, identifying the sudden dearth of experience after the retirements of Ricky Ponting and Michael Hussey. (ANI)


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