All-rounders Mitchell Johnson and Shane Watson have undergone scans in Johannesburg to assess the extent of injuries that they picked up during the econd and final Test against South Africa.
Johnson was able to bat on despite injuring the big toe on his left foot, helping Australia take a series-levelling two-wicket win, while Watson was unable to bowl after aggravating a hamstring injury on the first day.
Cricket Australia (CA) physiotherapist Alex Kountouris issued the following medical bulletin on the two players:
"Mitchell Johnson has an injury to the main joint of his big toe in the left foot. The scans will be reviewed in the next 24 hours and he will also be assessed by medical staff at the WACA on return to Perth.
"His availability for the first Test match against New Zealand will be determined after these assessments are complete.
"Shane Watson had a scan that has confirmed the extent of the hamstring injury he sustained in the first innings of the second Test. He will be monitored over the coming days to determine his availability for the first Test in Brisbane."
Australia play New Zealand in the first match of a two-Test series in Brisbane from 1st December and also face an anxious wait over Shaun Marsh and Ryan Harris, who were both ruled out of the final Test with back and hip injuries respectively.
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