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Nov 23, 2011 at 09:24am IST

Johnson, Watson doubtful for NZ Test

Brisbane: Injured Mitchell Johnson and Shane Watson will be monitored closely this week before Australia selectors determine whether the pair will be fit for the first Test against New Zealand starting December 1.

Paceman Johnson, who struggled with the ball but played a winning hand with the bat in a series-leveling two-wicket victory over South Africa on Monday, had scans on the big toe of his left foot in Johannesburg.

Allrounder Watson, who was unable to bowl after straining his hamstring in the first innings, also had medical scans before returning to Australia and will be "monitored over coming days to determine his availability for the first Test in Brisbane," Cricket Australia said in a statement on Wednesday.

Injured Johnson, Watson doubtful for NZ Test

The duo will be monitored closely before Australia determine whether they will be fit for the match.

Australia play two Tests against New Zealand before starting a four-Test series against India on December 26.

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