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Watson cleared for Ashes selection

Melbourne, May 14 (ANI): Australian all-rounder Shane Watson has been cleared for Ashes selection by the medical staff.

According to Fox Sports, Watson was assessed by Cricket Australia medical staff following his return to Australia from the limited-overs series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates.

“Scans have confirmed a minor right groin injury to Shane and we expect him to be fit to play in (next month’s) ICC World Twenty20,” said Australia team physiotherapist Alex Kountouris.

“He’ll be monitored over the coming weeks and is expected to be available for consideration for Ashes selection,” Kountouris added.

Australia’s Ashes squad will be announced next Wednesday and Watson, 27, may well be chosen, subject to fitness, given he is expected to have next month’s Twenty20 World Cup in England to prove himself before the five-Test series.

According to The Australian, the selection process will be a balancing act for the four-man panel of chairman Andrew Hilditch, David Boon, Merv Hughes and Jamie Cox given they must also assess fast bowlers Brett Lee, 32, and Stuart Clark, 33, who have only just returned to international cricket after long injury lay-offs. (ANI)

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