Watson vows to be as aggressive as he was when opening the batting
Australia all-rounder Shane Watson has announced that even though he will now come in lower down the order, he will still maintain an aggressive attitude and mindset whenever he arrives at the crease during Test matches.
However, many cricket pundits and former players believe that Cricket Australia, the national selectors and captain Michael Clarke are making a huge mistake by not letting Watson open the batting, where he has amassed 1878 runs in 45 innings at an average of 43.67.
There have also been rising concerns about whether Watson will be as dominant if he comes in at number four since he will have to face a lot more spin with the ball will be much older, but the 31-year-old is confident that he will continue making big scores, as long as he does not change “anything at all”.
“I don’t think I’m really going to have to change anything at all,” News.com.au quoted Watson as saying. “Hopefully the bowlers are going to be a bit more tired, the ball’s going to be a little bit older and the wicket’s going to be more worn as well.
“I do know I’m going to be facing spin a lot more coming in and batting number four.
“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.”
Watson noted that his aggressive attitude would keep the spinners and pace bowlers under pressure, but added that the toughest thing would be to maintain a similar mindset throughout the rest of his career.
“When I’m batting my best is when my mindset’s how it is when I’m opening,” Watson said. “I’m positive, taking on the bowlers and putting pressure on them to be able to bowl exactly where they want to bowl.
“The challenge for me is to be able to continue that mindset, like I was when I was opening and having success.”
Despite a decline in the number of overs he bowls due to his frequent injuries, Watson is looking to make more of a contribution with the ball.
“I really 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 like I have got a bit more to contribute with the ball,” Watson added.