Michael Hussey has thrown his weight behind suggestions that Shane Watson open for the Australians during their Ashes warm-up fixture against Somerset beginning in Taunton on Wednesday.
Hussey, who retired after a glittering international career in December last year, also said Ed Cowan had "earned" the right to take the other opener's slot and suggested that David Warner be pushed down the order. "I would like to see Shane Watson go back to the top of the order," Hussey was quoted as saying by The Guardian. "It's where he has had success in international cricket and I know he is keen to do the job. Then you could let (Chris) Rogers, Cowan and (Phil) Hughes fight out the other opening position and No. 3. Ed Cowan probably deserves the spot because as an opener, he's done pretty well and earned the right.
"I think Michael Clarke will be keen to bat at five where he's had most success, and I also think someone like Davey Warner has got the versatility to play down the order. He's very busy and works the spinners well."