Australia in South Africa 2011-12 October 17, 2011

Watson, Shaun Marsh doubtful for ODIs

ESPNcricinfo staff

Allrounder Shane Watson is a doubtful starter for the ODI series against South Africa that begins on October 19, after straining his hip muscle. With batsman Shaun Marsh also picking up an injury during Sunday's Twenty20, Cricket Australia has named Cameron White to the ODI squad as cover.

"Shane Watson is recovering from a hip muscle strain which caused him to miss yesterday's second Twenty20 match," Australia's physiotherapist Alex Kountouris said. "He will continue with treatment and we will assess him over the next 24 hours, before a decision is made on his availability for the first ODI game on Wednesday."

Watson has had few injury concerns recently. He was last unfit during the 2009 Ashes, when he had an issue with his thigh. Later that year, he experienced a niggle during Australia's one-day series in India, but managed to play with his physio Victor Popov's help. After a tough tour of Sri Lanka in August-September Watson had questioned whether his body would be able to handle the rigours of bowling regularly and opening the batting and, in order to protect him for international cricket, had a bowling ban placed on him by CA for the Champions League T20.

Marsh had hurt his shoulder while fielding in the second Twenty20, but it was a minor concern Kountouris said. "Shaun Marsh injured his left shoulder when diving in the field during the game at the Wanderers. He has undergone scans today [Monday] in Johannesburg, which have cleared him of any major damage, and he will be assessed closer to the game [the first ODI]."

White was dropped from Australia's ODI squad mid-way through the three-match series against Bangladesh in April, after failing to go past 24 in his last ten innings. In the T20s against South Africa, in which he captained Australia, White contributed handy cameos of 28 and 39.

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  • ahmed786moti on October 20, 2011, 12:20 GMT

    is watson gna play on sunday

  • zenboomerang on October 20, 2011, 4:02 GMT

    @andrew-schulz... why?... Watsons played 138 ODI's; White 87; Smith 28; D Hussey 32... surely after playing 28 ODI matches your stats should be an indicater of your playing ability... or do you want us all to wait until he's played another 50 matches as a batter like last night?... if not, your point is lost ... Mitch Marsh stood in for Watson & did a good job... Smith stood in for Shaun Marsh... which was a joke... didn't even get into the game at any point...

  • andrew-schulz on October 19, 2011, 7:23 GMT

    zenboomerang, that is the most classic misuse of statistics I have ever seen.

  • zenboomerang on October 19, 2011, 4:53 GMT

    @AdoSR... Watson loss will only be in the batting... ODI bowling - Watson 29.10; White 29.25; D Hussey 33.07; Smith 34.80;... batting - Watson 43.38; White 35.12; D Hussey 31.33; Smith 22.64... Smith isn't in Whites league, yet White is only lower to Watson in the batting... Smith needs more time in FC to improve his game... needs to gain more experience... White needs to push his bowling & so does Clarke in ODI's... D Hussey ranks up there too... O'Keefe is a superior bowler having half Smiths FC strike average...

  • AdoSR on October 18, 2011, 21:07 GMT

    I didn't really see how much we now rely on Watson until I saw the lineup without him. To balance his absence, there seems only two possibilities - White and Smith (though Ferguson would be great too). Personally, I'd go for Smith for his partnership breaking bowling (like Watson) and because he is still a fine young prospect in the making, regardless of record. Very difficult to predict this series. Oz number one ranking is not with this lineup.

  • Okakaboka on October 18, 2011, 13:34 GMT

    Yeah, Steve Smith has been failing longer than White.......and White gets dropped.....Arguably is the inconsistency that bothers me....'Metcard' Smith is retained. Why?? White it is just as good a fieldsman. What will happen if White plays and makes a big score? On another note, the omission of Pattinson for Cummings is a total disgrace. This IS NOT THE WAY TO HANDLE YOUNG TALENT...Add Cummings to the squad if you must but to tell Pattinson basically to ...disappear when he has displayed so much has to play with his this decision will with Starc, George, Cutting, Hazelwood, Copeland, Mackay, Butterworth, etc. We have so much bowling talent around but Hilditch is messing with their minds. They can be sent packing because someone comes out and bowls like a 'tinarse' for one match. What would happen if 'Tom Thunderbolt' playing District cricket seconds in Sydney takes a '8 for'? Will he be sent to South Africa next week at Cummings expense?

  • Cantthinkofone on October 18, 2011, 12:48 GMT

    @Ben1989 I'm not a Victorian mate? I don't see anything wrong with selecting Patto. If all the NSW blokes can get a chance then why not a Victorian? And he bowled pretty well in the last T20.

  • TeamRocker on October 18, 2011, 11:07 GMT

    @anver777- It's very unlikely that Marsh or Watson will be unfit for the ODI's. If either of them is unfit, it actually could throw up a chance tho unearth some new talent.

  • dummy4fb on October 18, 2011, 10:41 GMT

    Eng - Aus, Ind - Pak, Aus - SA, Ind - Aus have given some good riveting contests over last 10 years. Rankings notwithstanding, these battles always seem to provide good entertainment.

  • Vishnu27 on October 18, 2011, 9:18 GMT

    Cheers Aussasinator! That's so funny I just have to post again. Where do you get that stuff? Still laughing. Genius. Would've thought you'd be slightly more concerned at the healthy does of comeuppance England is currently receiving. So good at home. Dross on the subcontinent...

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