Hobart - Shane Watson will bat at number four
position in the Australian test batting order, the all-rounder said on
Wednesday, insisting the move will allow him to make greater impact with
A floater in Australia's top and middle order since
his 2005 Test debut, Watson will occupy the position left vacant by the
retirement of Ricky Ponting in the Hobart test against Sri Lanka
starting on Friday.
"Both (captain) Michael (Clarke) and (coach)
Mickey (Arthur) think it's a good place for me to bat," Watson told
reporters ahead of the series opener against Sri Lanka.
am seeing it as a big positive. One, for my batting side of things, but
also for my bowling, to hopefully be able to really contribute that
little bit more with the ball because I feel like I have got a bit more
to contribute with the ball.
"Batting at four means that Michael
can use me that bit more and hopefully I can provide some impact," said
the 31-year-old with 60 wickets from 36 Tests.
Watson, who batted
at number three in the last series against South Africa, has had more
success as an opener but felt batting down the order would allow him to
"I don't think I'm really going to have to change
anything at all," he said. "Hopefully the bowlers are going to be a
little bit more tired, the ball's going to be a little bit older and the
wicket's going to be more worn as well.
"The challenge for me is to be able to continue that mindset, like I was when I was opening and having success."
Sri Lankan attack is built primarily around their spinners and Watson appeared prepared for that.
"I do know I'm going to be facing spin a lot more coming in and batting number four," he said.
"That's something that I've been conscious of really working on, having
a better game-plan to be able to go in facing spin straight up.
"Normally, when you're opening you've got a chance to get into your innings before the spin comes on."