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Shane Watson has scored 1878 runs at an average of 43.67 as an opener in Tests © Getty Images

Sydney: Feb 9, 2013

Australia’s comeback man Shane Watson has rekindled his desire to open the batting for Australia in all forms of the game after he made a stunning return from injury.

“I certainly do love opening and I’ve had the most success there in Test cricket especially. That is where I feel most comfortable, there’s no doubt about that. Even opening the batting over the last couple of nights, it is a place that I do love. I love taking on the quick bowlers with a brand new ball and challenging myself against the best bowlers in the world and that’s what really gets me up and going,” he said, as reported by cricket.com.au

Watson, who has been declared fit to be a part of the Australia squad for the tour of India, believes he has the most to offer at top of the order, heaping further pressure on struggling opener Ed Cowan.

“In the end I know the selectors are just trying to find the best balance for the Indian conditions,” he said.

Watson’s return to international cricket was marked by a well-made 122 against the West Indies in the third one-day international in Canberra on Wednesday, followed by 76 in the fourth ODI at Sydney.

Watson has made 1878 runs at an average of 43.67 when opening the batting in Tests, while Cowan has posted 722 at 32.81 at the top of the order.

Talking about leading the side in the absence of Michael Clarke in the fifth ODI against the West Indies, Watson said, “The time that I had an opportunity last summer was probably as much fun as I’ve had on a cricket field. I use my brain in a different way than I normally do, either batting or bowling. I’m really excited about the opportunity again.”

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