Watson’s chances of playing first Ashes Test still 50-50

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“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”

Australia all-rounder Shane Watson’s chances of playing in the first Ashes Test in Brisbane are still 50-50 after scans revealed a low-grade hamstring strain.

It is understood that Watson’s chances of playing all depends on how he responds to “intense treatment and rehabilitation” over the next couple of days.

Watson sustained his hamstring injury while bowling during the final ODI against India in Bangalore.

If Watson were to be ruled out for the first Ashes Test, it would be a major blow for Australia as they would have to frantically search for another all-rounder that is similar to Watson’s calibre.

While Watson is confident that he will be fit in time for the first Ashes Test, which begins on November 21, Australia physiotherapist Alex Kountouris was much less so, stating that a lot would depend on the progress Watson made in the next couple of days.

“Since returning home from India, Shane has been assessed and had scans on his injured left hamstring, which confirm a low-grade muscle strain,” 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.”

Whatever the case, it is highly unlikely that Watson will be playing any Sheffield Shield matches prior to the start of the Ashes series.

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