Shane Watson was earlier restricted to bowl in the lead-up to the first Test © Getty Images
Shane Watson was earlier restricted to bowl in the lead-up to the first Test © Getty Images

 

Feb 8, 2014

 

Australia suffered a big blow on Saturday when Shane Watson was ruled out of the first Test against South Africa, starting February 12 at Centurion.

 

Cricket Australia (CA) announced on its website that Watson will be missing the first Test due to a calf injury.

 

On Friday, reports suggested that Watson will not be allowed to bowl in the build-up to the first Test as he remains hampered by calf tightness.

 

Watson was hampered by a recurring calf injury in 2012-13 and missed the final Test of the summer against Sri Lanka at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), although he played all 10 matches in the back-to-back Ashes series, overcoming hamstring and groin niggles to take part in the Brisbane and Sydney Tests respectively.

 

According to Fox Sports, Watson has been restricted to batting at training this week, and team management will continue their cautious approach to the all-rounder during the centre-wicket session in Johannesburg, an ANI report said.