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Positive news for Watson

Shane Watson’s chances of playing in the first Ashes Test have been boosted by the news that his hamstring injury is a “low-grade muscle strain”.

All-rounder Watson suffered the problem while bowling at Bangalore in Saturday’s seventh and last one-day international with India, making him a doubt for the Ashes opener in Brisbane from November 21.

However, Australia team physiotherapist Alex Kountouris today said: “Since returning home from India, Shane has been assessed and had scans on his injured left hamstring, which confirm a low-grade muscle strain.

“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.”

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