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Watson wants to open batting in India

By AAP .
26 January 2013 06:48PM EST

SHANE Watson made just 30 in his return from injury in Sydney grade cricket on Saturday, but the Australian vice-captain was back where he wants to be as an opening batsman.

Watson made it clear he'd like to open again in next month's four-Test tour of India, but also expressed a desire to come out of his self-enforced allrounder retirement by mid-year and bowl again in the Ashes.

"A lot of that depends on the selectors and whether they see me as being in the top six batsman," Watson said.

"In a perfect world I do play in India as a batsman with an eye on slowly building up bowling to hopefully bowl some overs throughout the Ashes.

"But the world isn't always perfect so we'll see how we go."

Watson hit four boundaries and lasted 50 balls for Sutherland against Campbelltown-Camden on Australia Day in the western suburbs, with his hour-long stay at the crease ended by local talent Brendan Jones who jagged one back to take the star's off-stump.

Australian selectors would have liked more time in the middle, but most importantly, Watson's troublesome left calf passed the test - including a few urgent dashes between the wickets.

Campbelltown's Raby Oval might be a long way from Chennai, but Watson feels well and truly back in the groove as an opener ahead of next month's four Test tour of India.

Watson is aiming for one more hit-out for NSW in a domestic one-dayer against WA next Wednesday, before the Australian Test squad for India is announced on the Thursday.

After relieving himself of his allrounder duties for at least the time being, Watson is desperate to return to the top of the order where he's been most successful throughout his Test career.

If he was to be promoted it would be at the expense of Ed Cowan.

"The opportunity to be able to take the first ball and take on the quicks with the new ball is something I do absolutely love," Watson said.

"A few balls were seaming around a bit (on Saturday) ... which hopefully I'm going to have to get used to opening the batting in some form of games anyway.

"Hopefully I can get back in the team as soon as I can."

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