Australia batsman Shane Watson says he would prefer to open the batting in Tests, but is happy to play in the middle order on spinning Indian pitches as long as Ed Cowan and David Warner continue to do well.

The latter pair have formed a successful opening partnership, meaning Watson is set to remain at four or further down, whereas he usually opens in the shorter formats. He is no longer a bowler, in order to keep him fit for batting.

Watson said: "It certainly is different batting at No.4, 5 or 6 compared to opening. You do know that batting through the middle order you're going to be coming in against spin the majority of the time and also reverse swing, which provides big challenges.

"I know that's part of what it would be to bat in the middle order but I also know that I've got the game to be able to negate that. If that's what the selectors and the captain and coach see as the best opportunity for me to score runs then I'm certainly willing to take that on.

"I've played a lot of cricket in India now in all forms of the game so I suppose I am one of the more experienced guys to be able to take on the conditions and take on the Indian bowlers. I've played a lot of cricket against the majority of their bowlers so I know them very well and I know the conditions."

While Watson was happy to play in the middle order, he reiterated his desire to open the batting, saying he liked facing the new ball. He also added that he moved down the order to accommodate his bowling, which was no longer an issue.

He continued: "That is where I feel most comfortable, there's no doubt about that. Even opening the batting over the last couple of nights.

"I love taking on the quick bowlers with the brand new ball and challenging myself against the best bowlers in the world. That's what really gets me up and going. That certainly is the exciting thing about opening the batting.

"I'm not here to put extra pressure on Ed at all, because I know he wants to be doing as good a job as he possibly can. All I've said is the reasons why I got moved down the order was mainly to do with my bowling, to be able to get the balance exactly right. But moving forward I really don't want my bowling to get in the way of my batting."