Opener Shane Watson's 90 justifies coach Lehmann's faith in him

The two-time Allan Border medalist's innings against Somerset in a tour match was brisk, confident and full of strokes - a message that opening is what suits this batsman the best.

updated: June 27, 2013 23:32 IST
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Shane Watson seems to have found a sweet-spot and it is right up at the top of the innings. The destructive batsman hit 90 off 94 deliveries against Somerset in a warm-up match in the run-up to the Ashes - a clear message from him that new coach Darren Lehmann's faith isn't misplaced.

Replying to Somerset's 320 in a tour match, Watson lost partner Ed Cowan (3) in the second over. This hardly had any impact on the 32-year-old as his knock was punctuated with 20 boundaries.

While he looked good to reach the three-figure mark, Watson's innings was brought to an end by 19-year-old pacer Jamie Overton. The day ended early with rain halting play and Australia in a comfortably placed position at 266/4.

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