Bring back Shane Watson, but keep me: Ed Cowan

In-form Test opener Ed Cowan wants to force Shane Watson down the Australian batting order on his return to the Test team by scoring heaps of runs at the top.

“He (Shane Watson) is probably the best player in the country so they certainly do have to fit him in,” Cowan said in Sydney.

“It’s no different to any other team, when guys are coming back you’ve got to hold your place in the team through weight of runs.

“How I see my job is to make it so difficult for the selectors, that Shane Watson has to bat somewhere else in the batting order.

“That’s simply done by me going out and making runs and the rest takes care of itself.

“If they’re having a discussion ‘should Shane Watson be opening the batting’ then I’m not doing my job.”

Cowan has scored 166 runs at an average of 41.5 in three Tests against India, including 74 in Perth that handed Australia a 3-0 series lead.

“Two fifties in three games … that’s okay, that’s a pass, but it’s not brilliant,” Cowan said.

“That’s why there’s excitement for this Test as well, to really cement that spot and make that a really difficult conversation for the tour of the West Indies.”

Cowan insists he feels comfortable at Test level but was disappointed about not converting either of his half-centuries into a maiden Test ton.

“I pride myself on being able to score the big scores once I’m set so that’s been a disappointing aspect but hopefully I can try and rectify that next week,” he said.

“I think I’ve probably thought about it too much the two times that I’ve been in.”

“There was that moment in Perth when I looked up and thought ‘I’m flying again this morning, if I keep going like this I’ll be 100 by lunch’ but then all of a sudden you’re sitting on your bum back in the change room.”

“The key to those big scores [in the lead-up to his Test debut] has been to continue with my rhythms and mental routines and maybe not look at the scoreboard too much.”

Cowan insisted Australia were not lacking in motivation for the fourth Test, despite having the series wrapped up.

“It’s exciting that we’re on the verge of something special as a team,” he said.

“Four-nil would be an absolute drubbing of the second best team in the world.”

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