Shane Watson insists he has no issue with opening at number three when the three-Test series starts against West Indies (live cricket online cricket bets: 7/2 Watson – TopAustralia Batsman outright ODI series bet365).
The 30-year-old has made no secret of his desire to remain an opening batsman for Australia but injury lay-offs – and the emergence of others – have seen him drop down the national pecking order.
The all-rounder was forced to watch Ed Cowan and David Warner’s emergence as Australia’s opening pair during his spell out because of calf and hamstring problems this summer and it was suggested he could struggle to win his place back at all in the Test side.
National selector Rod Marsh revealed this week the 32-Test veteran would likely come in for the axed Shaun Marsh when the Test series starts in the Caribbean on April 7.
The Ipswich native said he would have no issue filling in wherever his country needed him and was happy to be injury-free.
“I’m happy to play anywhere to be honest after sitting out all the summer and seeing how successful the Test team was,” Watson said.
The second and third Tests continue in Trinidad and Dominca, on April 15 and 23 respectively, and, while admitting he would prefer to be at the top of the order, Watson said he was thrilled to part of an exciting crop of new talent.
He added: “There’s no doubt I have really enjoyed opening the batting in Test cricket, and all forms of the game to be honest, but in the end batting at number three is certainly still in the engine room with the newer ball.
“I’m just happy to complement the team wherever I possibly can because it has been an extremely exciting and successful Test summer and I’d love to be a part of that.”