Watson On Target For First Ashes Test
Cricket Australia believe that all-rounder Shane Watson is on target to be fully fit in time for the first Ashes Test, which begins in Brisbane on 21st November.
Watson suffered a hamstring strain during the seventh One-Day International against India in Bangalore while bowling, although he subsequently batted, scoring 49 in 22 balls.
Since returning home, he has made good progress and coach Darren Lehmann is optimistic he will be available for selection.
However, he will not be rushed back to action too soon and will not play in the Sheffield Shield match for New South Wales against Queensland this week.
"The reports from our medical team on Shane’s recovery from injury are pleasing," Lehmann said.
"He is making good progress and responding well to treatment. If that continues, we have confidence that he will be fit for the first Test.
"We won’t be taking any chances with his preparation though, and he will miss next week’s Shield match between New South Wales and Queensland at Allan Border Field.
"We want him to continue his treatment, and if all goes to plan, join the Australian team in camp ahead of first Test in Brisbane."
Australia name their squad for the first Test on Tuesday 12th November.
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