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Watson confident of Ashes fitness
4:16pm Monday 4th November 2013 in Sport
Australia all-rounder Shane Watson is confident he will be available for the first Ashes Test in Brisbane despite injuring his hamstring over the weekend.
The 32-year-old was playing in the final one-day international against India on Saturday when he aborted his run-up for the opening delivery of his sixth over before immediately leaving the field.
Watson then failed to appear in his allotted number three slot as Australia's reply began in Bangalore, raising further fears over the injury.
He eventually came in to bat at number eight and, despite several grimaces of pain, managed to battle his way to 49 off just 22 balls, including a hat-trick of sixes.
The former vice captain is now set to have a scan on the injury but he remains optimistic he will be fit to face England as Australia seek to regain the urn.
"It's not too bad," he told reporters at Sydney airport. "It wasn't too bad. I've had a few niggles like this even over the last eight or nine months, so hopefully it won't be too bad at all."
Pressed on whether he is in any doubt at all for the Ashes opener which begins at the Gabba on November 21, he replied: "I'd never say no doubt but I've been able to get on top of this sort of thing over the last eight or nine months with a few niggles that I had even throughout the Ashes as well.
"So I'm very confident that things should work out okay over the next couple of days and the results will be what I think they are and there shouldn't be any problems."
Watson defended his decision to bat in the 57-run defeat to India after aggravating his hamstring while bowling.
"In the end the situation of the game meant I needed to come out and try and give us a chance to win," he said.
"Unfortunately I wasn't able to bat in the top at number three to try and really give us a chance, but you want to do anything you can when it was a game to decide the series so it was certainly a big game for us.
"Unfortunately it didn't work out but in the end, I don't think I injured myself too much more."
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