Australia‘s premier batsman Shane Watson has been ruled out to play the first Test against South Africa due to injury, said Australia physio Alex Kountouris.


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.