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Ashes: All-rounder Shane Watson making good progress ahead of first Test

Shane Watson: Making good progress after hamstring injury

Australia coach Darren Lehmann is confident that all-rounder Shane Watson will be fit for the first Ashes Test against England in Brisbane.

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The all-rounder suffered a hamstring injury while bowling his sixth over in the final one-day international against India and was forced off the field for treatment.

The 32-year-old attempted to bat through the pain and hit a rapid 49 from only 22 balls however he was clearly in pain.

Lehmann, though, has been pleased with Watson's recover and he expects him to join up with the squad ahead of the first Test.

Lehmann said: "The reports from our medical team on Shane's recovery from injury are pleasing.

"He is making good progress and responding well to treatment. If that continues, we have confidence that he will be fit for the first Test.

"We won't be taking any chances with his preparation, though, and he will miss next week's Shield match between New South Wales and Queensland at Allan Border Field.

"We want him to continue his treatment, and if all goes to plan join the Australian team in camp for the first Test in Brisbane."

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