Ashes: Shane Watson expected to be fit for first Test after scan
Shane Watson is expected to be fit for the first Ashes Test after undergoing a scan on his strained left hamstring.
Last Updated: 06/11/13 12:21pm
The 32-year-old pulled up clutching his hamstring while bowling his sixth over in the final one-day international against India at the weekend and immediately left the field for treatment.
Watson said at the time that he was confident he would be fit to face England in Brisbane on November 21 and a scan, which revealed a low-grade muscle strain, has now backed up his verdict.
Australia team physiotherapist Alex Kountouris said: "Shane 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."
Watson missed the 2006-07 Ashes series with a serious hamstring strain and has been plagued by soft tissue injuries throughout his 46-Test career.
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