Watson pulls up with leg injury in India

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    Shane Watson has sent a shockwave through Australia’s Ashes camp after suffering a hamstring injury in India to put his Gabba availability in doubt.

    Less than three weeks out from the opening Test in Brisbane, Watson sustained the injury in the seventh and deciding one-day match of Australia’s tour of India on Saturday.

    As he ran in to begin his sixth over, Watson pulled up in his delivery stride.

    He gingerly walked back to his mark and attempted a stretch before succumbing to the injury.

    Watson is being assessed by medical staff at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, but his availability for the Ashes-opening Test starting on November 21 is in doubt.

    Watson has a history of hamstring injuries.

    He was ruled out of the 2006-07 Ashes series after injuring his hamstring in a domestic one-day game.

    He missed the bulk of the 2007 Twenty20 World Cup to a similar complaint, and was plagued by hamstring troubles in 2011.

    Making matters worse, Australia had sent fast bowler Mitchell Johnson on Thursday in order to give him the best preparation possible for the Ashes.

    Considering Watson’s extensive injury history, they may now be wishing they’d booked the crucial allrounder a ticket on the same flight.

    Watson is as important as any member of Michael Clarke’s team.

    The 32-year-old has taken over the vital No.3 batting role, smashing a career-best 176 at the Oval in August this year.

    But should he miss any games, his roles as Australia’s first slip and reliable medium pace will also be sorely missed.

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    • November 3rd 2013 @ 4:40am
      ChrisUK said | November 3rd 2013 @ 4:40am | ! Report

      Depends how serious it is I suppose. Bit surprising to see him risk making it worse by batting when he can’t have a runner.

    • November 3rd 2013 @ 7:23am
      RobRoy said | November 3rd 2013 @ 7:23am | ! Report

      Was sending him to India to play in a money driven/generating ODI series a good idea in the first place considering how prone to injury Watson is and how heavy his workload has been of late? I don’t think it was and he would have been better off preparing for the Ashes on home soil.

      • November 3rd 2013 @ 7:49am
        Nudge said | November 3rd 2013 @ 7:49am | ! Report

        Absolute joke cricket australia. Absolute joke. And yeah Chris couldn’t believe that either. Every time he strained while playing a big shot just would have been giving it a tiny little bit more of a rip.

        • November 3rd 2013 @ 7:58am
          ChrisUK said | November 3rd 2013 @ 7:58am | ! Report

          My only thought (I genuinely hope I’m wrong here) was that he felt it was sufficiently badly damaged that it wouldn’t make any difference, and that he’s out for a while. Otherwise it just seems madness. I’m sure he wanted to bat, but they should have stopped him – it was always unlikely Australia would get there from 6 down, even though it turned out a really fine effort to get that close.

          • November 3rd 2013 @ 8:11am
            Nudge said | November 3rd 2013 @ 8:11am | ! Report

            Yeah, but a hamstring is usually a 2/4 week injury. Even if he’s done a good job of it and he’s out for 4, that still nearly makes him available for the 2nd test.

            • November 3rd 2013 @ 8:20am
              ChrisUK said | November 3rd 2013 @ 8:20am | ! Report

              That’s if it’s a strain. A tear can easily be double that – which is why batting was such a surprise. One would hope (and he really ought to know his body by now) that he felt it was just a slight strain and wasn’t a major issue. Because otherwise…..well someone needs shooting.

              • November 3rd 2013 @ 8:40am
                Nudge said | November 3rd 2013 @ 8:40am | ! Report

                Chris did you watch him bat? I didn’t. Was sort of following the game asleep on cricinfo. Did he look in pain while batting

              • November 3rd 2013 @ 8:41am
                ChrisUK said | November 3rd 2013 @ 8:41am | ! Report

                Some of it – I was flicking between the cricket and rugby. Yes, he looked in quite a bit of pain, and of course without a runner he was hobbling between the wickets. It was definitely brave, but I’m not sure it was wise.

              • November 3rd 2013 @ 9:17am
                Lukeling said | November 3rd 2013 @ 9:17am | ! Report

                Watson always looks like he is in pain.

              • November 3rd 2013 @ 9:21am
                ChrisUK said | November 3rd 2013 @ 9:21am | ! Report

                Haha – good call!

    • November 3rd 2013 @ 8:31am
      BA Sports said | November 3rd 2013 @ 8:31am | ! Report

      “Shane Watson has sent a shockwave through Australia’s Ashes camp after suffering a hamstring injury ”

      If anyone is shocked by Watson suffering an “injury” ahead of the First Test of a tough Series they are having a laugh..

    • November 3rd 2013 @ 9:33am
      bigbaz said | November 3rd 2013 @ 9:33am | ! Report

      move on from this bloke.

    • November 3rd 2013 @ 9:57am
      Bearfax said | November 3rd 2013 @ 9:57am | ! Report

      If he’s not fit to bowl in the tests, he shouldnt be selected as a batsman only. Watson’s value is that he is an excellent containing medium pace bowler who is also a pretty good batsman. But I dont think his batting alone justifies his inclusion in the team, despite some recent heroics in tests. And though I think Faulkner is a fine medium pace bowler, his batting is not good enough for a No 6 position at this stage. If Watson his out I would be going for another batsman, not all rounder. I dont think any of our all rounders, other than Watson, are up to the task at this stage. Maxwell in a few years probably, but not now

      • November 3rd 2013 @ 10:16am
        ChrisUK said | November 3rd 2013 @ 10:16am | ! Report

        He wouldn’t be picked as a batsman only would he? If he wasn’t fit to bowl, it’s surely taking a hell of a risk to pick him just as a batsman. What if he pulls a muscle running between the wickets? Is he even allowed a substitute on the field then (actually that’s a genuine question – you were never allowed a runner before with a pre-existing injury, is there any sanction at all now?)?

        • November 3rd 2013 @ 10:46am
          Brendon the 1st said | November 3rd 2013 @ 10:46am | ! Report

          CA would absolutely pick him as a specialist bat.

          I kind of get it though, we need a number three and he smashed that 176 last test.

          • November 3rd 2013 @ 10:54am
            ChrisUK said | November 3rd 2013 @ 10:54am | ! Report

            I wasn’t thinking in terms of his quality – more about that if he’s not fit to bowl, then he’s not really fit to run either.

            • November 3rd 2013 @ 11:20am
              Brendon the 1st said | November 3rd 2013 @ 11:20am | ! Report

              It’s CA, my feeling is they think a half fit Watson is better than the next.

              He didn’t bowl in te test series in India and that was coming off a calf injury.

              • November 3rd 2013 @ 11:22am
                ChrisUK said | November 3rd 2013 @ 11:22am | ! Report

                That’s true, I’d forgotten about that.

              • November 3rd 2013 @ 11:33am
                Brendon the 1st said | November 3rd 2013 @ 11:33am | ! Report

                Heard a rumour bell was injured, any truth in that?

              • November 3rd 2013 @ 11:38am
                ChrisUK said | November 3rd 2013 @ 11:38am | ! Report

                Don’t think so unless there’s very recent news – I suspect a few people got the wrong end of the stick because he retired in the game against WA, but not injured, he retired out to get others a bat (that went really well!).

                Cook and Broad had a bit of back stiffness from the flight over though, but there doesn’t seem to be much concern.

              • November 3rd 2013 @ 2:00pm
                Bearfax said | November 3rd 2013 @ 2:00pm | ! Report

                Point taken about the fine innings he recently played. But its like having Shaun Marsh in there. You’ll occasionally get a top ranking swashbuckling innings that every one will consider the birth of a super star. And then another 20 innings of nothing. Remember that’s the first century Watson has scored in 48 test innings and only the second score over 50 in over 20 innings. And he is not a youngster like Hughes, Warner, Khawaja and Smith who are still learning the trade. He is 32 and in the peak of his career.

                We may be lucky and Watson is in a purple patch that lasts for a series or so. But based on past performances we’ll have a long wait for him to score another big one and even to get over 50. There are others who would be better as no 3 batsmen, if he cant bowl. If he bowls I have no problem about him being in the team.

                Of course what I have to say has no bearing on what CA will do. They blunder along with selections as they have for the last 3-4 years. So from that point of view Brendon the 1st, your comments are justified

        • November 3rd 2013 @ 11:27pm
          Ken Hambling said | November 3rd 2013 @ 11:27pm | ! Report

          If Watson can’t play through injury, first XI for first test: Warner, Rogers, Khawaja, Clarke, smith, Henriques, haddin, Johnson, siddle, Harris, Lyon. If Watson can play he comes in for Henriques

    • November 3rd 2013 @ 11:00am
      Richard said | November 3rd 2013 @ 11:00am | ! Report

      This is great news! Watson was always going to break down at some point. Far better now than at a crucial time in the Ashes.- You can almost guarantee that Watson will break down at the most crucial moment.

      Give someone else a an extended run and move on.

      • November 3rd 2013 @ 11:32am
        Brendon the 1st said | November 3rd 2013 @ 11:32am | ! Report

        People getting injured is hardly good news, no matter your what your thoughts on that person is.

        I’m not a Watto Fanboi, but I feel sorry for the guy, he’d be gutted.

        • November 3rd 2013 @ 12:05pm
          davros said | November 3rd 2013 @ 12:05pm | ! Report

          yes all that’s true Brendon…but Richard raises a good point …if he’s injured maybe its good we can make plans around that ….where Watson fits into the test side has allways been a bit of a grey area…maybe we can structure the team and its players a bit differently …ie do we bring in a Dan Christian type and bat him 7 ..does Faulkner get a run …or are we looking for a specialist no 3 bat ?????

          • November 3rd 2013 @ 12:20pm
            Nudge said | November 3rd 2013 @ 12:20pm | ! Report

            The thing is davros if we are going to go with a specialist no 3 bat, it hugely improves the likely hood of Harris only playing 2or 3 tests. I like Abigail’s post on a different story from today

            • November 3rd 2013 @ 12:34pm
              davros said | November 3rd 2013 @ 12:34pm | ! Report

              in that it will increase the load on harris and he is more likely to break down ? It is not good that harris himself has commented he is close to his body snapping again .what do you do rest him next shield ? or keep bowling him hard …I noticed on the Glenelg road , qld decided against COOKING him and he was ill anyway …yere im not sure we should be looking for a specalist no3 to replace Watson.

          • November 3rd 2013 @ 1:21pm
            Richard said | November 3rd 2013 @ 1:21pm | ! Report

            I don’t mean it is great news for Watto. Someone of Watson’s ability breaking down in the middle of a test is terrible and there is nothing you can do about it. Its almost a given that he will break down during the Ashes, its just not acceptable.
            We need someone like Faulkner, give him a go. Faulkner 6, Doolan 3?