Sydney, Mar 4: After months of discussions and debate, it has now been confirmed that Shane Watson will bat at number three for Australia in Test matches, as he returns to the longest format of the game for the upcoming West Indies tour.
The coveted No. 3 position once held by Don Bradman, Ian Chappell and Ricky Ponting will be a straight switch in the batting order as Shaun Marsh will be dropped after a poor show during the Test summer.
This concludes that Australia will stick to openers David Warner and Ed cowan while Ponting will bat at No. 4. Australian coach and selector Mickey Arthur has confirmed that Watson will bat at No. 3.
"I am of the opinion he will slot in beautifully at No.3. It could be a really nice fit having him there. And, you would not have to break up the rest of the batting order so that is a big plus. Everyone in our batting line-up are such different players and that is a great thing for us," News.com.au quoted Arthur, as telling The Sunday Mail.
"Watson is a great player against any type of bowling. But one of the things that I've considered is that if he went to No.5, it could be a tricky thing for him to start his innings against spin after he has spent so much time as an opening batsman," Arthur said.