Ashes 2013: Shane Watson wants Australia to ‘score big’ after ton
Ashes 2013: Shane Watson wants Australia to "score big" after notching his first ton against England on day at The Oval
Shane Watson says “scoring big” will play be very important as Australia bid to win the final Ashes Test at The Oval.
The tourists closed the first day on top, with Watson making an impressive 176 and forming the backbone of the innings, as they ended on 307-4.
Incredibly, the century was a maiden one in an Ashes series for the Queensland-born player, and a first ton for three years.
It represented an improvement in fortunes for the batsman who had only scored an average of 27 in the four Tests so far, and he was delighted with the contribution.
“A century is something I have searched for a long time. Getting hit on the head helped me because it took my mind off getting through the nineties,” Watson said.
“The wicket is only going to get more up and down and turn more so it’s important we get a big score in this first innings.
“We knew it was going to be really important to try and set up this Test by putting in a good day so it’s turned out nicely for us.”
Reflecting on the inclusion of Lancashire spinner Simon Kerrigan, in place of the injured Tim Bresnan, the 32-year-old had some sympathy for the debutant.
He added: “I faced him in the tour match at Northampton last week and I knew what to expect.
“I know how hard it is on debut, you’re always nervous, so if you are under pressure it makes it more difficult.”