Watson relishing new role
Shane Watson is enjoying the pressure of his new role as he prepares for the decisive fifth Ashes Test.
Last Updated: 12/08/09 2:36pm
Australia opener Shane Watson says he is enjoying the pressure of his new role as he prepares for the decisive fifth Ashes Test at The Oval.
After making his international debut in 2005, the 28-year-old all-rounder had been struggling to make an impact as injuries restricted him to just nine Tests in four years.
However, although he had not previously batted above six in Test cricket, he was given a chance to shine in the third Ashes Test at Edgbaston when he replaced opener Phillip Hughes.
And having now made 62, 53 and 51 in his three innings in the series so far, Watson is now hoping to make a maiden hundred in the final Test next week.
"I wouldn't say it has been easy but it has been a lot of fun to take on the new ball," he said.
"I have really enjoyed the challenge of taking on the fresh English bowlers and hopefully I can turn one of my 50s into a bigger one.
"Being able to have another crack at Test cricket in a different light, opening the batting, has been a good test.
"It has been different but different in a good way.
"The nervous energy you have - and you normally waste a bit batting four, five and six, waiting to go into bat - can be used going straight out there and being on the ball straight away."