Injured Johnson, Watson under close scrutiny

Updated: 23 November 2011 12:19 IST

Injured Mitchell Johnson and Shane Watson will be monitored closely this week before Australia selectors determine whether the pair will be fit for the first test against New Zealand starting December 1.

Brisbane:

Injured Mitchell Johnson and Shane Watson will be monitored closely this week before Australia selectors determine whether the pair will be fit for the first test against New Zealand starting December 1.

Paceman Johnson, who struggled with the ball but played a winning hand with the bat in a series-leveling two-wicket victory over South Africa on Monday, had scans on the big toe of his left foot in Johannesburg. Allrounder Watson, who was unable to bowl after straining his hamstring in the first innings, also had medical scans before returning to Australia and will be "monitored over coming days to determine his availability for the first test in Brisbane," Cricket Australia said in a statement Wednesday.

Australia plays two tests against New Zealand before starting a four-test series against India on December 26.

Topics : Cricket Pakistan New Zealand Shane Watson Mitchell Johnson Australia
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