Clarke says 'in form' Watson won't open in Tests

Last Updated: Wed, Feb 13, 2013 07:14 hrs

Australia captain Michael Clarke has made it clear Shane Watson's brilliant form as an opener in the one-day format won't have any effect on the Test opening spot, especially against India in the sub-continental conditions.

Clarke made it clear that opening the batting in limited overs games bore little relation to Test cricket, reports.

Clarke said Watson scoring runs is a real positive for him to come back into the team, adding he doesn't think it has any impact on him opening the batting in one-day cricket.

Clarke added there is no comparison to opening the batting in Test cricket, especially in the sub-continent.

Watson made a stunning 122 returning for the third one-day match against the West Indies in Canberra last week and then followed it with 76 in Sydney two days later before making a first-ball duck in Melbourne.

Figures highlight that Watson's best position is opening in either Test or one-day cricket but Australia is unlikely to reshuffle its batting order to suit him, particularly now that he's given up bowling to improve his injury situation and Test batting.

The retirement of Mike Hussey leaves Australia desperate for experience in its middle order, which means Watson is likely to remain at number four, where he batted in the Boxing Day Test when he broke down most recently, the paper said.

Clarke praised the performance of current opening pair David Warner and Ed Cowan.

Cowan is under the most pressure, as he averaged 46 against top team South Africa, scoring his maiden century, but failed to cash in during the series against Sri Lanka, averaging just 27, the paper added.

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