Darren Lehmann: 'Shane Watson should make first Test'

Australia all-rounder Shane Watson plays a pull shot on day one of the fifth Investec Ashes Test against England at The Oval on August 21, 2013
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Shane Watson is making good progress in his recovery from a hamstring injury, according to Darren Lehmann.

Australia head coach Darren Lehmann has revealed that Shane Watson is making steady progress in his recovery from a hamstring injury.

Doubts have been raised over whether Watson would be ready for the first Ashes Test due to the problem, but Lehmann remains confident over the all-rounder's fitness.

"The reports from our medical team on Shane's recovery from injury are pleasing," Lehmann told reporters.

"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.

"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."

The first Test begins on November 21.

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