Australia endure Watson injury scare

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All-rounder Shane Watson's participation in the remainder of the fourth Ashes Test has been cast in doubt, after he left the field with an apparent groin injury during the third day's play at the Riverside Ground in Chester-le-Street, Durham.

Australia all-rounder Shane Watson's participation in the remainder of the fourth Ashes Test has been cast in doubt, after he left the field with an apparent groin injury during the third day's play at the Riverside Ground in Chester-le-Street, Durham.

Seamer Watson, who accounted for the key wicket of opener Joe Root during the first innings, bowled 6.3 overs in the second before vacating proceedings for treated, as England built a healthy lead on the back of the in-form Ian Bell's unbeaten century.

The right-handed Watson was instrumental to Australia's cause on Saturday, when he scored a fine 68 en route to a final total of 270 all out, which ensured the hosts endured a 32-run deficit going into Sunday's second session.

The exact extent of the 32-year-old's injury remained in the balance an hour before the close of play. But, if severe, the veteran right-armer will have a full week to recover prior to the fifth – and final – Test, which gets underway at The Oval in London on 21 August.

Fast bowler Pat Cummins, meanwhile, has left the A side's tour of South Africa to have a lower back injury assessed.

"Pat reported some left rib and back pain during the Australia A game against India A last week. With only Wednesday's final remaining in the series, the decision was made for him to return to Australia," said team physiotherapist Kevin Sims.

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