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Watson backs bowlers in ODI

SHANE Watson believes Australia has the bowling firepower to rattle the strong English batting line-up in the opening one-day international at Lord's tonight.

England has won its last six ODI series on home soil, including a recent win against the West Indies earlier this month.

But the bulk of England's runs have come from the top three batsmen, leaving those behind them without much time out in the middle.

Watson said that could play in Australia's hands - if the pace attack can put England on the back foot early.

"Something we see as very important for success here is to be able to make early inroads," he said. "One of England's strengths is to score heavily with the top three batsmen.

"We know if we're able to make inroads it might expose a part of the English team that hasn't really been exposed."

England hasn't lost at home since Australia triumphed 6-1 in the wake of the 2009 Ashes series, and Watson predicted young paceman Patrick Cummins, who took three wickets in Tuesday's victory against Essex, could have a big say in the outcome of this five-game series.



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