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Shane Watson must open in the T20 World Cup

  • Shane Watson must open in the T20 World Cup

    DHARAMSALA, INDIA - MARCH 16: Shane Watson of Australia poses in front of the Himalayas during an Australian portrait session ahead of the ICC 2016 Twenty20 World Cup on March 16, 2016 in Dharamsala, India. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Australia will enter their first T20 World Cup match tomorrow night when they come up against trans-tasman rivals New Zealand.

It is the one trophy that has eluded the Australians since it's inception, with this World Cup in India being the ICC's fifth T20 World Cup, with the previous winners being India, West Indies, Sri Lanka and England.

However, there's one man that can change all that and it's the man that has copped criticism, left, right and centre for a number of years.

Shane Watson.

Australian coach Darren Lehmann has flirted with the idea of dropping David Warner down the order, allowing Watson to open the batting, but has also said, there's still a chance Warner will remain at the top of the order.

But if we follow statistics, Watson is a much more damaging batsmen at the top of the order.

The much maligned Aussie batsmen averages a staggering 35 at the top of the order with a top score of 124*, which was scored just last summer against India at the SCG. That alone is a good argument to have Shane Watson at the top of the order.

The even better argument is that when Watson bats anywhere else in the order, he averages a measly 15 with just four scores in 16 innings, scoring above 30. 

If Australian coaches and the like are keen on winning the T20 World Cup and add to their ever-growing trophy cabinet, this is the first change that they have to make.

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