Cowan ignoring pressure from Watson

10 February 2013 10:25

Watson has said opening is the position he feels most comfortable in as an Australian batsman, somewhat backing up that statement, albeit in limited-overs cricket.

He has made scores of 122 and 76 in his past two one-day internationals before being dismissed for a first-ball duck in Sunday's fifth and final ODI against the West Indies.

Over the past few months, Watson has been pushed down the order to give his body something of a reprieve from the pressures of opening the batting and bowling a significant number of overs.

But with Watson no longer bowling as he looks to concentrate on his batting, it is possible the former opener could return to this position.

And, with David Warner seemingly a first-choice selection as opener for Australia despite some modest recent form, Cowan appears the batsman most likely to be in the gun by Watson's return after scoring just 364 runs from his past 10 Test innings, a tally significantly boosted by his 136 in the first Test against South Africa.

But speaking from Chennai as some members of the Australian side prepare for Tuesday's tour match against an Indian President's Board XI, Cowan was adamant Watson's return would not break up the opening partnership he has enjoyed with Warner over the past few months.

"I think that's the selectors' job as to where he bats," Cowan said when asked about Watson's return to opening.

"He's (Watson) certainly in Australia's best six batsmen. He' shown that he can bat anywhere in the middle order.

"(But) I'm quite comfortable with myself and Davey (Warner) opening the batting.

"I think we've been the most successful opening partnership over the last 14 months both in terms of volume of runs and average per innings.

"So I can't see why anyone would suggest that they'd want to break that partnership up.

"But it will be great to have Shane in good form, batting somewhere in the top six.''

Just 24 hours after arriving in India, Cowan and his team-mates were put through a brutal training session on Sunday that 'blew the cobwebs' out.

And Cowan is looking forward to Tuesday's tour match as he tries to find his groove with the bat in Indian conditions ahead of the four-Test series starting on February 22 in Chennai.

"It's been a bit of a break for most of us since the last Test match with Sri Lanka at the SCG almost five, six weeks ago now," he said.

"So (it is good to) just to get back in the mode of batting for a long time and spending some time in the middle."

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