Shane Watson, Shaun Marsh uncertain for ODIs – Cricket News Update

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Shane Watson, Shaun Marsh uncertain for ODIs – Cricket News Update

Australia is currently on the tour of South Africa and have already drawn the T20I series two days ago.  Now they will be going to face the hosts in the One Day International (ODI) series from 19 October, 2011, but they are uncertain about the inclusion of their key players Shane Watson because of strain in his hip muscle and Shaun Marsh due to his shoulder injury.

The left-handed batsman Shaun Marsh is doubtful due to injury that he got during the second T20I against South Africa on day before yesterday. Therefore, Cricket Australia (CA) included hard-hitter Cameron White as a backup.

The backup player for the ODI series against the Proteas, Cameron White, was left out from Australia ODI team mid-way through the three-match series against Bangladesh in April, because he could not cross the 24-run mark in his last 10 innings. In the T20Is against South Africa, Cameron was the Skipper and played useful innings of 28 and 39.

Marsh had hurt his shoulder during the second T20I against the Proteas while fielding, but it was not a severe injury according to the physio Kountouris. He said that Shaun injured his left shoulder diving in the field during the match at Wanderers. Today (Monday) he has undergone scans in Johannesburg, which have shown that the injury was a minute one, and he will be evaluated nearer to the opening ODI on 19th.

Similarly the 30-year-old all-rounder has had several injury worries recently. Watson was last injured in 2009 during the Ashes, when he was not comfortable with his thigh. Afterwards, during the same year he experienced a nag during the ODI series against India, however, he managed to take part in the series with the assistance of his physio Popov.

"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."

After a tough tour of Sri Lanka, he had questioned whether he would be capable to bowl frequently along with opening the batting. Therefore, CA had imposed a bowling ban on him for the Champions League T20 (CLT20) 2011 in India to save him for the international cricket.