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    Shane Watson likely to be fit ahead of Ashes: Darren Lehmann

    Melbourne: Australia cricket coach Darren Lehmann on Saturday said that allrounder Shane Watson is recuperating quickly from his injury and will likely be fit for the first Ashes Test starting Nov 21 in Brisbane.

    "The reports from our medical team on Shane's recovery from injury are pleasing. He is making good progress and responding well to treatment. If that continues, we have confidence that he will be fit for the first Test," Lehmann said.

    Watson suffered a hamstring injury Nov 2 while bowling during the seventh and final one-day match against India in Bangalore.

    "We won't be taking any chances with his preparation though and he will miss next week's Shield match between New South Wales and Queensland at Allan Border Field. We want him to continue his treatment, and if all goes to plan, join the Australian team in camp ahead of first Test in Brisbane," added Lehmann.