Excited to open again, Shane Watson thanks new coach Darren Lehmann

Thirty-two-year-old Queenslander scored a breezy 90 against Somerset to prove his form against new ball bowlers in English conditions.

updated: July 01, 2013 18:53 IST
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Shane Watson is happy to be opening the batting for Australia again. The first sign of his joy came on Thursday as he scored a 94-ball 90 against Somerset in a warm-up match ahead of the Ashes. Studded with 20 fours, Watson helped Australia score 266 for four despite the early exit of Ed Cowan. Somerset had scored 320 in their first innings at Taunton.

Watson's innings was a thank you message to Australia's new coach Darren Lehmann. After replacing Mickey Arthur, the former Aussie Test batsman wanted Watson to open the batting and the move has paid off.

"I know the way Darren operates and he certainly doesn't beat around the bush, he tells it how it is and that's a great thing," Watson said on Thursday.

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