Watson is ready to bat in middle-order

Last Updated: Saturday, February 9, 2013 - 23:36

Melbourne: His form as an opener has created selection dilemma for Australia in the run-up to the four-Test series against India but Shane Watson said he is ready to bat in the middle-order if its suits the team.

"I certainly do love opening and I`ve had my most success there in Test cricket especially, but I also know how important it is to get the balance of the batting order exactly right as well. In the end I`m just content to fulfil a role wherever I can," said Watson, who scored 122 and 76 after being included in the 3rd and 4th ODI against West Indies.

"I`m not here to put extra pressure on Ed, at all, because I know he wants to be doing the best job he can. The reason why I got moved down the order is mainly to do with my bowling . . . But moving forward, I really don`t want my 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".

"There`s no doubt about that. I do love taking on the quick bowlers with the brand new ball and challenging myself and that`s what really gets me up and gets me going," he said.

"And probably because that`s my experience of the most success I`ve had in Test cricket especially. Like anything, if you`ve got good memories of something you want to try to replicate that.

"I haven`t been that consistent with my Test batting at all, and a lot of the time it seems to be coming back from injury and trying to find my feet in Test cricket.

"I want to be in the position where I can be in form going into a Test series and hopefully hold it."

PTI



First Published: Sunday, February 10, 2013 - 00:17

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