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    The problems continue to mount for Australian cricket with an injury scare to all-rounder Shane Watson in Brisbane on Saturday.

    Officials confirmed Watson, who was representing New South Wales in their Sheffield Shield clash against Queensland, re-aggravated his left calf strain - the same injury that saw him sent home from Australia's one-day series in England in July - and that he was withdrawn from the match as a precautionary measure.

    But his participation in next week's Test against South Africa at the Gabba is now surely in doubt, given his history, and has thrown Australia's preparations into further disarray.

    Watson, who is now awaiting scans that will determine the extent of his calf injury, looked dejected after bowling his first and only over on day two of the match.

    He then made a beeline for skipper Michael Clarke and the two had a lengthy conversation in the middle of the pitch, before Watson carried two drinks bags off the field one ball later.

    He was spotted with a noticeable limp when taken away from Albion for scans an hour before the tea break and was not sighted after that.

    Watson is the player Australia can least afford to lose, and since there is no other genuine all-rounder knocking on the selection door, he is the hardest to replace.

    It is the last thing the national team need in the wake of a horror 48-hour period that saw fitness and form concerns wreak havoc ahead of Friday's opening Test of the season.

    On Friday, young quick Patrick Cummins (back) was ruled out for the summer, while it was revealed Ricky Ponting is carrying a hamstring strain that saw him withdrawn from Tasmania's Shield match in Hobart.

 

 

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