Watson doubtful for Australia

  • Last Updated: November 4 2012, 12:07 GMT

Shane Watson is likely to miss Australia's opening Test match of the summer against South Africa on Friday due to injury.

Watson: Picked up another injury

The all-rounder, who has a chequered history of injuries, managed to bowl one over before sustaining damage to his calf as he represented New South Wales against Queensland last week.

Ricky Ponting's participation at the Gabba is already in doubt, with the former captain hurting his hamstring while representing Tasmania against South Africa.

Watson told sportal.com.au: "It's not as bad (as it's been), it's only pretty minor but I know how things can go if you don't really look after it and get it right the first time.

"I'll be certainly making sure I get it right the first time.

"It's still a little bit stiff, I'm just hoping it settles down over the next couple of days."

Watson has undergone scans on his injury but selectors are waiting until Monday or Tuesday to gauge a clearer indication of his availability.

Selectors moved quickly to cover Watson's possible absence by placing left-handed batsman Rob Quiney on the standby list.

Australian national selector John Inverarity told Sportal.com.au: "A decision on Shane is likely to be made earlier rather than later.

"Rob Quiney has impressed the national selection panel with his performances in all formats in recent years."

"He is in good shape at the moment and he is ready to grasp his opportunity should he get the nod for Friday.

"Rob is a mature player with an equable temperament who has been on the verge of higher honours for some time."


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