AUSTRALIAN all-rounder Shane Watson faces a race to be fit for the first Ashes Test, which starts at the Gabba on November 21, with scans confirming a low-grade muscle strain in his hamstring.
Australian team physiotherapist Alex Kountouris said yesterday that Watson (pictured) would have intense treatment in Sydney over the coming days and how well he responded would determine how quickly he could return to full training and match training.
"It goes without saying that Shane and the medical team will be doing everything possible to get him fit and available for selection ahead of the first Test," Kountouris said.
"We'll be assessing him on a daily basis and expect to have a clearer picture of his progress later in the week."
Meanwhile, Australian opener Chris Rogers got some useful time in the middle at the MCG yesterday.
Rogers hit 88 as Victoria struggled to 236 and Sean Abbott picked up three wickets on day one of the Sheffield Shield clash with New South Wales. Test spinner Nathan Lyon and ex-Australian quick Doug Bollinger also picked up two wickets.