Watson likely to bat at No 4 in Tests: Clarke

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Published: Wednesday, February 13, 2013, 16:37 [IST]
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'Watson not to open for Aus in Tests'

Sydney, Feb 13: Australia skipper Michael Clarke on Tuesday said that all-rounder Shane Watson is unlikely to open the innings in the Test series against India.

Though the all-rounder played the role of an opener for Australia in the ODI series against West Indies and also scored 122, 76 and 0 in the last three ODIs, Michael Clarke felt it would have little impact on Watson since the conditions in India are totally different from Australia.

Pleased with Watson's form, Clarke said "Watto scoring runs is a real positive for him to come back into the team. I don't think it has any impact on him opening the batting in one-day cricket. There's no comparison to opening the batting in Test cricket, especially in the sub-continent."

Skipper Clarke also felt Watson's experience would benefit the team's middle-order since they are touring India in the absence of Ricky Ponting and Michael Hussey.

Moreover the team needs an experienced person to bat at No 4, and Clarke hinted at Watson playing the role of a middle-order batsman than an opener especially in the Test series against India.

Talking about Watson's all-round abilities, Clarke said "Obviously Shane (Watson) needs to come back into the line-up somewhere. Like I've said though, it's a lot different now that Watto's not bowling. As an all-rounder I think he walks into any team. As a batsman there is a much bigger pool of players so we need to work out what our best batting line-up is that compliments the team and we'll go from there."


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