Originally Posted by FaaipDeOiad
This was already discussed in the DLF Cup thread, but I think the best spot for Watson in the long-term is certainly number 4, and Martyn should go before Katich does. Martyn's done nothing of note in ODIs for some time, while Katich was the top runscorer in the VB
Series and has basically only had one bad series since he started opening the batting.
If Katich is also dropped, I'd still like to see Watson at 4 and someone like Jaques opening.
Spot on IMO
I will admit to earlier wanting to see Katich dropped straight away. This was until i found out that he is our Highest ODI run getter in 2006 with 783 runs @ 39.15. Whilst his strike rate is only 64.44, given the fact that he has been consistently getting runs, it should've been enough to give him at least until after the CT to up the strike-rate.
Martyn on the other Hand, has scored just 414 runs @ 25.87, with a s/r of 75.68. His lack of form has probably hurt us more than Katich's scoring rate for the simple fact that he is selling his wicket for less. If Martyn were to go, and Watson to bat at 4, this would also give him much more freedom in bowling a full allotment of 10 overs if required, something i think he'll find hard to do if he is to permanently take over the opening role. Allowing Watson to bowl his full 10 overs also then allows us to play Brad Hogg more often, and give us a more potent attack.
Given that imo Jaques has been the best List A batsmen in Aust. domestic cricket for the past two seasons, he should be the next in-line to break into the Batting Line-up. Whilst he may not be as technically correct as Watson, his strokeplay is simply outstanding. If he were to open with Gilly, imo the batting line-up would be far more intimidating, especially if both stay around for at least the first 15 overs, chances are Ponting, Watson, Symonds Clarke & Hussey will have a 100 run platform to build upon regularly.