Shane Watson hoping for bigger all-round role in Test series with Sri Lanka
Last Updated: December 12, 2012 9:53am
Shane Watson: Filling Ricky Ponting's place in the batting order suits former Australia opener
Shane Watson hopes dropping down to No 4 in the Australia batting order will help him have more of an impact as a bowler.
Watson returned to action at three in the final Test against South Africa after spending most of his time as an opening bat, but he moves down another spot to fill the gap left by Ricky Ponting's retirement when they take on Sri Lanka in Hobart on Friday.
He felt captain Michael Clarke was reluctant to over-bowl him in Perth and hopes the changes to the order will help the side, as well as give him more of a chance to shine.
"Both Michael and (coach) Mickey Arthur think it's a good place for me to bat," Watson said.
"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 got a bit more to contribute with the ball.
"Batting at four means that Michael can use me that bit more and hopefully I can provide some impact.
"I don't think I'm really going to have to change anything at all. Hopefully the bowlers are going to be a little bit more tired, the ball's going to be a little bit older and the wicket's going to be more worn as well.
"The challenge for me is to be able to continue that mindset, like I was when I was opening and having success.
"I do know I'm going to be facing spin a lot more coming in and batting at 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."
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