Australia Optimistic Over Watson Fitness

Shane Watson
Shane Watson has a hamstring strain but could be fit in time for The Ashes
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Cricket Australia (CA) have confirmed that Shane Watson has suffered a hamstring strain but they will be doing 'everything possible' to get him fit in time for the first Ashes Test in Brisbane.

Watson suffered the injury while bowling during the seventh One-Day International against India in Bangalore, leaving the field although he returned to bat, hitting 49 in 22 balls.

"Since returning home from India, Shane has been assessed and had scans on his injured left hamstring, which confirm a low-grade muscle strain," CA physio Alex Kountouris said.

"He will have intense treatment and rehabilitation in Sydney over the coming days and just how well he responds to this will determine how quickly he can resume full training and match preparation.

"It goes without saying that Shane and the medical team will be doing everything possible to get him fit and available for selection ahead of the first Test.

"We’ll be assessing him on a daily basis and expect to have a clearer picture of his progress later in the week."

He faces a race against time as the Brisbane Test begins on 21st November.

Watson, 31, has played 46 Tests for Australia, scoring 2,998 runs and taking 64 wickets.

© 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