Watson On Target For First Ashes Test

Shane Watson
Shane Watson is making good progress and is expected to be fit to take on England
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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.

© Cricket World 2013

Fixtures & Results

21st-25th November: 1st Test, Gabba, Brisbane
AUS 295 & 401-7d. beat ENG 136 & 179 by 381 runs
5th-9th December: 2nd Test, Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
AUS 570-9d & 132-3d beat ENG 172 & 312 by 218 runs
13th-17th December: 3rd Test, WACA, Perth
AUS 385 & 369-8 d. beat ENG 251 & 353 by 150 runs
26th-30th December: 4th Test, MCG, Melbourne
AUS 204 & 231-2 beat ENG 255 & 179 by 8 wickets
3rd-7th January: 5th Test, SCG, Sydney
AUS 326 & 274 beat ENG 155 & 166 by 281 runs