My hamstring injury is ‘not too bad’, reveals Shane Watson

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“Hopefully it won’t be too bad at all, and won’t put me out for too long”

Just a day after he succumbed to a hamstring injury during Australia’s 57-run loss to India in the seventh ODI in Bangalore, baggy greens all-rounder Shane Watson has revealed that his injury is “not too bad”.

Watson, who has a history of hamstring injuries, pulled up when bowling the first delivery of his sixth over and immediately left the field.

However, he did return when Australia were batting and smashed 49 runs off just 22 balls, which included two boundaries and an incredible six maximums.

Following Watson’s injury, many pundits and former players were speculating that it could be serious enough to rule him out of the upcoming Ashes series, which gets underway on November 21 in Brisbane.

But, Watson is determined to represent his country in the historic series and help them regain the coveted urn.

“It’s not too bad,” Watson said. “I’ve had a few niggles like this even over the last eight or nine months. Hopefully it won’t be too bad at all, and won’t put me out for too long.

“I’ve been able to get on top of this sort of thing, especially over the last eight or nine months with a few niggles I had even throughout the Ashes. I’m very confident things should work out OK over the next few days and the results will be what I think they are. There shouldn’t be any problems at all.”

The 32-year-old also stated that he has no intentions of giving up bowling in order to limit his workload.

“‘I’ve got through an amazing amount of bowling over the past seven or eight months,” he said. “Through the Ashes and the Twenty20 and one-day series as well. My body is really adjusting to bowling. It’s just an unfortunate little hiccup in the last game.

“It would have been nice to get home without any little niggles but in the end it will give me a week or two to be able hopefully freshen up and ready to go for the first Test.”

Watson will now be working closely alongside Australian team doctor Peter Brukner in an attempt to be fully fit by the time the first Ashes Test gets underway.

“He’s been able to really get on top of it with a few techniques that he uses, really get me through those niggles,” Watson said. “I am much more confident now that it won’t be too much of an issue.”

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