Injured Shane Watson ruled out of first Test

All-rounder Shane Watson has become Aussie’s most recent injury scare just before next week’s Test against South Africa after pulling up with a painful calf during a Sheffield Shield match. Shane Watson left the field after bowling his 1st over of the day for NSW in their match with Queensland in Brisbane on Saturday.

On Friday, ex- Test captain Ricky Ponting was withdrawn from Tasmania’s Shield match against South Australia with hamstring pain, while fast bowler Pat Cummins was ruled out for the season with a stress back problem. Watson, 31, stopped short after bowling his 6th ball and then held a lengthy discussion with Nsw and Test skipper Michael Clarke. He stayed on the ground for the following over but later left the field to go back to his team’s dressing room.

Medical team reported Watson struggled with calf pain and would continue to be assessed during the 2nd day’s play. Australia’s all-rounder has had issues with his troublesome leg in the past 5 months and was sent home from England during the ODI series loss in July.

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