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I love opening the batting, says Shane Watson

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Published: Monday, February 18, 2013, 9:16 [IST]
 
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I love opening the batting: Watson

Chennai, Feb 18: Australia batsman Shane Watson has said he loves opening the batting in Tests but he is not sure whether he will get to face the new ball in the four-Test series against India. Watson, however, revealed that he will not bowl in the series.

There are chances that Watson might open with Ed Cowan after a finger injury concern over David Warner.

"I'm not sure at this stage. In first Test, it depends on whether Warner will be fit or not. If he's fit, I'm not sure, I'll probably bat at four. But the coach and the selectors and the captain haven't mentioned either way," Watson said on Sunday (February 17).

"I certainly love opening the batting, there's no doubt about that. It's lot of fun to open batting in any conditions. But I have played a lot in India over the last little while to be able to hopefully get some success at number four if that's the case. I don't know which way the selectors are going to go (if Warner is fit)."

Watson, however, made it clear that he would not bowl in the whole series.

"I'm not bowling at all throughout this Test series. The last 12 months haven't been that fruitful for my body. I haven't been able to get through that much cricket without being injured. And it's also affected my batting, coming back from injury and it's taken a little time for me to find my feet with my batting," he said.

"In short-term I am going to concentrate on my batting and build up my running fitness to be able to get my body to a place where I can hold together for a series or so. The medical staff and I are working out a plan and trying to get me to a stage where I am bowling. At the moment I am just batting and running and doing all the things I can. I love bowling, I am not going to give that up. It's just that in the short-term I am just giving my batting a chance to improve," he added.

First India-Australia Test begins in Chennai on February 22.

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