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Watson rushed to hospital in India

By Greg Buckle 24/10/2006 06:47:04 PM Comments (0)

Shane Watson has sent a scare through the Australian one-day cricket camp after being rushed to a Chandigarh hospital with chest and stomach pain.

Watson was one of a handful of players absent from training at the Chandigarh ground because of stomach complaints.

But coach John Buchanan said he was confident Australia's full squad of 14 would be available for Sunday's final Group-A match against India in nearby Mohali.

"As far as I know at the moment, he (Watson) is in hospital and they are just doing all the tests," Buchanan said.

"They have diagnosed gastritis so that should pass within 24 or 48 hours.

"We've had a couple of bouts of sickness already. We're taking every possible precaution but nonetheless sometimes those things happen."

Earlier a team spokesman released a statement describing the 25-year-old Queenslander's condition as a severe bout of gastritis.

"The initial test and ultrasounds are fine," the team spokesman said.

"We are just waiting on the blood test and other results."

Watson, who is expected to be released overnight, troubled the England batsmen in last weekend's six-wicket win at Jaipur, taking 3-16 off seven overs including the key wicket of Andrew Flintoff (4) with a bouncer.

The all-rounder has been able to push Simon Katich out of the side and has opened the batting with Adam Gilchrist in Australia's two group matches, scoring 0 and 21.

Watson is also making a strong bid for the No.6 batting role in Australia's Ashes side next month.

Strong and athletic, his batting, bowling and fielding give the side enormous versatility, especially at one-day level, although his pace bowling is unproven at Test level with two wickets at 61.50 in three matches.

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