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    Watson wants to be test opener.

    Ok... so Watto has expressed his desire to replace Langer as the next Aussie test opener making it a 3 man fight in battle for the Aussie test match opening slot between Jacques,Rogers and Watson.

    This is the article regarding the same :-
    http://content-aus.cricinfo.com/aust...ry/294162.html

    So is Watto good enough to do the job for Australia?

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    His a goog enough batsmen, but i don't think his body could take opening and bowling 15 overs a day.
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    He certainly has the technique to do it. I don't really think it's the best option for the side though to be honest, given he probably couldn't bowl very much at all if he opened.
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    Hahaha.. Fiery comeon mate you can do better than that.

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    Watto himself is willing to take up the role of the opening batsman in test matches, i guess Jacques and Rogers won't be too happy to hear this news.
    Last edited by pup11; 14-05-2007 at 11:25 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pup11 View Post
    Hahaha.. Fiery comeon mate you can do better than that.
    OK. I don't think he's good enough yet. He would walk into the NZ team probably but I'm sure Australia have plenty of better openers than him going around

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    surely if it was a straight swap Langer for Watson it'd be a lot more likely Hussey would go to the top. I suspect Watson is only saying this to give himself a better chance of making the test team (and fair play to him) but i dont think the balance would be well suited to Watson batting at the top and bowling a lot...

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    Watson should bat at 6.
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    If Watson can manage to open the batting in test matches and bowl steadily it would give Australia the luxury of having 2 all-rounders (Symonds and Watson) in the playing XI.

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    Pretty sure Symonds won't be playing Test matches unless there are injuries. I expect Ponting, Hussey, Clarke and Watson to fill the middle order. Besides, Symonds isn't a real all-rounder at Test level anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Perm View Post
    Pretty sure Symonds won't be playing Test matches unless there are injuries. I expect Ponting, Hussey, Clarke and Watson to fill the middle order. Besides, Symonds isn't a real all-rounder at Test level anyway.
    Can't imagine Symonds not getting picked tla, if he kept on getting reselected when doing sfa, then how much more so when he scored 156 two innings ago. I'm not saying it's right obviously (although I'm rather indifferent to him being there) but that's just the way it is. I'd be suprised if he wasn't selected.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pasag View Post
    Can't imagine Symonds not getting picked tla, if he kept on getting reselected when doing sfa, then how much more so when he scored 156 two innings ago. I'm not saying it's right obviously (although I'm rather indifferent to him being there) but that's just the way it is. I'd be suprised if he wasn't selected.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pasag View Post
    Can't imagine Symonds not getting picked tla, if he kept on getting reselected when doing sfa, then how much more so when he scored 156 two innings ago. I'm not saying it's right obviously (although I'm rather indifferent to him being there) but that's just the way it is. I'd be suprised if he wasn't selected.
    There are better options, but I do understand where you are coming from. He isn't good enough, but his recent form might be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Perm View Post
    Pretty sure Symonds won't be playing Test matches unless there are injuries. I expect Ponting, Hussey, Clarke and Watson to fill the middle order. Besides, Symonds isn't a real all-rounder at Test level anyway.
    You really think they'd drop a player who scored 150 two matches ago? That'd be pretty unlike the aussie selectors.

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