Shane Watson will open in Ashes, confirms new Aussie coach Darren Lehmann

With the bowlers doing their job, all focus now shifts back to the batsmen, especially Watson. He has not opened a Test match innings for Australia since the second Test against South Africa in Johannesburg, 2011. Watson's Test average between 2009-11 was nearly 50 while between 2011-13 it has gone down to around 25.

updated: July 01, 2013 18:55 IST
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Australia new coach Darren Lehmann, on Wednesday, confirmed that Shane Watson will return to the opening slot when the Ashes start on July 10 at Nottingham. Lehmann was speaking to the media after Day 1 of the first Ashes tune-up match against Somerset.

Watson faced the only over Australia faced on Wednesday. Earlier in the day, Somerset slipped from 304 for two to 320 all out. Nick Compton (81 off 144), pushing for an Ashes spot, and young Chris Jones (130 off 239) added 170 for the second wicket. Jones then added another 119 with James Hildreth (66 off 93) for the third wicket but Mitchell Starc and James Pattinson stole the show with four-wicket hauls, each.

Lehmann was visibly relieved after the day's play. "Pleased with the end result on a good flat wicket. Bowlers toiled pretty hard. Starc and Pattinson bowled, the way we should have the whole day, after lunch."

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