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Cricket: Watson suffers another injury setback

Injury-jinxed Shane Watson limped off the field on the opening day of the fourth Ashes Test in yet another setback for the Australian all-rounder on Thursday. Watson, 32, who has fought an ongoing battle with injuries during his 50-Test career, failed to complete his seventh over late in the middle session and left the Melbourne Cricket Ground. A Cricket Australia spokesman said: "Shane Watson has some right groin pain and is being assessed by the medical staff on when he can return to the field."

Cricket: Watson suffers another injury setback

Injury-jinxed Shane Watson limped off the field on the opening day of the fourth Ashes Test on Thursday in yet another setback for the Australian all-rounder. Watson, 32, who has fought an ongoing battle with injuries during his 50-Test career, failed to complete his seventh over late in the middle session and left the Melbourne Cricket Ground. A Cricket Australia spokesman said: "Shane Watson has some right groin pain and is being assessed by the medical staff on when he can return to the field."

Cricket: Australia's Watson hits quickfire ton

All-rounder Shane Watson smashed a quickfire century on the fourth day of the third Ashes Test at Perth's WACA Ground on Monday as Australia built up a huge lead over misfiring England. The overall lead raced past 450 as Watson launched a morning onslaught against the English bowlers. Watson was 29 not out at the start of play but took just 40 balls to advance to his fourth Test century, taking 22 runs off one Graeme Swann over. His innings came to an end in farcical circumstances when he was run out for 103, from 108 balls with 11 fours and five sixes.

Cricket: Lehmann confident Watson will be fit for Test

Australian coach Darren Lehmann said Saturday he is confident Shane Watson will be fit to play in the Ashes series opener against England later this month. The experienced all-rounder was cleared this week of a serious left hamstring injury he picked up during Australia's recent tour of India, raising concerns that he could miss the Test opener at Brisbane starting on November 21. But Lehmann said Watson was making good progress and was in line to play at the Gabba.

Cricket: Watson cleared of serious injury

Australian batsman Shane Watson was Wednesday cleared of serious injury, with team officials confident he will be fit for the first Ashes Test against England. The powerful and experienced all-rounder had scans this week on a left hamstring strain he picked up during Australia's recent tour of India, raising concerns that he could miss the Test opener at Brisbane starting on November 21. But team physiotherapist Alex Kountouris said he was quietly confident Watson would be ready, describing the injury as "a low-grade muscle strain".

Cricket: Watson plays down Ashes injury fears

Injury-prone Australian batsman Shane Watson said Monday he is confident he will be fit for this month's opening Ashes Test against England despite suffering from a hamstring problem. The powerful all-rounder will have scans later in the day on what he believes may be a fascial tear, before discussing the results with Cricket Australia's medical staff and working out how best to prepare for the Brisbane Test, which starts on November 21. "It's not too bad," Watson told reporters at Sydney airport.

Cricket: Watson hammers new-look England

Shane Watson was in sight of only his third Test hundred as Australia dominated the first session of the Ashes finale at The Oval on Wednesday. Australia, who at 3-0 down were trying to avoid a first Ashes series without a Test win since 1977, were 112 for one at lunch. Watson was 80 not out, his best score of a disappointing series where he'd previously only managed one other fifty, and opener Chris Rogers unbeaten on 21 after the early loss of David Warner.

Cricket: Watson relishes Ashes opening role

Shane Watson is fired up by the prospect of opening for Australia in the upcoming Ashes series in England, the all-rounder said on Thursday. Australia's squad contains several openers but new coach Darren Lehmann has said he wants Watson at the top of the order. Watson did his best to play himself into some sort of form with a rapid 90, off just 94 balls and including 20 fours, on the second day of Australia's tour match against Somerset at Taunton on Thursday as the visitors closed on 266 for four in reply to the west country county's 320.

Cricket: Watson gives up Australia team vice-captaincy

Shane Watson has stood down from his role as Australia's vice-captain across all formats of the game, Cricket Australia said on Saturday, following his controversial axing in India last month. Watson said he had been "wrestling with the decision" for a while but it was the right time for a change for him and the team. The allrounder's decision follows a disappointing tour in India, scoring 99 runs in three Tests at 16.50 and continuing a lean run of form over the past two years where he has made 627 Test runs at 24.11 without scoring a century.

Cricket: Watson to continue playing Tests

Speculation about the Test future of Australian vice-captain Shane Watson ended Monday with an announcement that he will return to India after serving a one-match ban. The 31-year-old returned to Sydney last Tuesday after he was dropped for the third Test after failing to prepare feedback on how the team could improve and deliver it to management. Three other players were also axed. Watson, whose wife gave birth last week, made it clear he felt the punishment was overly harsh and said he would be considering his future, but has decided to battle on.
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