Watson will open in Ashes: Lehmann
New Aussie coach, Lehmann has stated that Watson will open in the Ashes. The new coach of Australia, Darren Lehmann, has confirmed that Shane Watson will open the innings in the upcoming Ashes series commencing from the 10th of July in Nottingham. Watson was sent in as opener in Australia's first tour game against Somerset.
Starc and Pattinson bowled, the way we should have the whole day, after lunch." The focus would now be on Watson and his batting. He has not opened in a Test match innings since the second Test against South Africa in Johannesburg, 2011.
Watson's Test average between 2009-11 was nearly 50 while between 2011-13 it has gone down to around 25. But Lehmann still believes that Watson has the ability to turn it around in the Ashes.
"Shane, yeah, he'll be opening for us," Lehmann said. "That's where we want him to bat and he's done really well for us there and we're quite keen for him to open and to have a big part in the Ashes and obviously make a lot of runs for us and start the innings up well.
He's been up and down the order but his most success has been as an opener.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at CricBuzz