Cricket Web Logo
Cricket Coach 2014 - Order Now
Cricket Web Logo
Australia Bangladesh Bermuda Canada England India Ireland Kenya Netherlands New Zealand Pakistan Scotland South Africa Sri Lanka West Indies Zimbabwe
 
Watson wants to open the batting
13 Oct 2006
By: James Nixon


Shane Watson has made it known to the Australian selectors that he wants to open the batting in one-day internationals.

Australian captain Ricky Ponting gave Watson the chance to open the batting on two occasions during the recent DLF Cup in Malaysia where he scored 79 and 18.

Watson further proved he has what is takes to open the innings after scoring 70 off 83 balls against Maharashtra in a warm-up game in India ahead of the Champions Trophy.

Watson told The Australian "I really enjoy it up there and I've been able to improve my batting as well through getting more of an opportunity all the time whereas before, batting at seven and eight, I wouldn't get that much opportunity.

"I'm really enjoying opening so hopefully it'll last a bit longer.

"I've felt I've been doing a pretty good job at the top of the order. I suppose my technique's built for opening the batting a bit more. Batting three for Tasmania a couple of years ago, that was where I really developed a game against the new ball," Watson added.

Australia's Champions Trophy campaign starts at the Wankhede Stadium where they take on a qualifier in either the West Indies or Sri Lanka.

Discuss this news item in the Cricket Web Forums
Recent Cricket Chat Threads
***Official*** India in England 2014
Last posted by: King Pietersen
How good is Sanga?
Last posted by: marc71178
Silent Auction Draft
Last posted by: Camo999
New Zealand Off Season 2014
Last posted by: Kippax
***Official*** South Africa in Sri Lanka 2014
Last posted by: kykweer.proteas
Averaging 40 against and in all countries
Last posted by: smalishah84
New Zealand 'A' Tour of U.K., 2014
Last posted by: SteveNZ
Your Cricket Season
Last posted by: Blocky
Poll
Do you think enough Test cricket is being played?
Too much Test cricket
The right amount is being played
No there should be more



View Results
Previous Polls