|Photos||Video & Audio||Blogs||Statistics||Archive||Shop||Mobile|
November 27, 2006
Shane Watson, the Australia allrounder, has been ruled out of the second Test against England at Adelaide. Watson missed the first Test at Brisbane with a hamstring injury and, although he has undergone intensive rehabilitation, the next Test, which starts on Friday, has come too soon.
"The outcome was that his hamstring injury is still not fully recovered and it was decided that the second Test would be too early a return in the circumstance," Alex Kountouris, the Australia physiotherapist, said. "His rehabilitation will continue with a view to him being available for selection for the third Test in Perth."
It is another bitter blow for Watson, who was in terrific form for Australia in the Champions Trophy during October. His replacement at Brisbane was Michael Clarke who made a composed 56 and is now likely to retain his place.
Watson's unavailability means Australia may find it difficult to play two spinners at Adelaide if they want to field a balanced attack. There have been calls for Stuart MacGill to partner Shane Warne at the expense of a seamer but Stuart Clark, who claimed match figures of 7 for 93, has made it very hard for the selectors to leave him out. Australia will confirm their squad on Tuesday.
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.
The thrills are rather low-octane, the skills are a bit lightweight, and the tournament overly India-centric
As West Indies play their 500th Test, here's an interactive journey through their Test history
Also, high scores and low averages, most ducks in international cricket, and the 12-year-old Test player
Former New Zealand seamer Gavin Larsen talks about wobbly seam-up bowling, the 1992 World Cup, and his role in the next tournament
Plays of the day from the CLT20 game between Kolkata Knight Riders and Chennai Super Kings
Of the 85 Tests that Bangladesh have played so far, they've lost 70 and won just four. Those stats are easily the worst among all teams when they'd played as many Tests
Twenty years on, Shivnarine Chanderpaul continues to be understated, underestimated. And that doesn't bother him. What's not to like?
The planned reorganisation of their domestic structure should help the region recapture some of the glory it enjoyed in the past
Hundred in a session? Easy peasy for Doug Walters