SHAKEN: Australian cricket team doctor Peter Brukner (left) helps Shane Watson as he leaves the nets as coach Darren Lehmann (right) looks on at the MCG. Watson was moments earlier struck by a James Pattinson delivery.
SHAKEN: Australian cricket team doctor Peter Brukner (left) helps Shane Watson as he leaves the nets as coach Darren Lehmann (right) looks on at the MCG. Watson was moments earlier struck by a James Pattinson delivery. JULIAN Smithaap

Wobbly Watson cops blow in nets

AUSTRALIAN all-rounder Shane Watson will be good to play in the Boxing Day Test against India in Melbourne, despite copping a ball to his head at training.

Watson appeared ruffled from the blow from a James Pattinson bouncer and talked to team doctor Peter Brukner after the incident.

It also appeared there were some emotional scars still lingering after Phillip Hughes' death from a bouncer late last month.

Australian Test vice-captain Brad Haddin said Watson was a bit wobbly but okay after the blow.

"It's just getting hit in the head - he's just a bit shaken," he said.

"He's shaken as anyone would be.

"I can't really go into any more details because there's no more details to give."

Watson later skipped the team's public appearance at the MCG for Cricket Austalia's Family Day activities, returning instead to the team hotel.

Haddin added he was not concerned about his batting form of late, scoring just 92 runs from his past seven innings.

"The game will turn," he said.

In good news for Australia, paceman Ryan Harris bowled in the nets without any obvious problems as he recovers from a quadriceps injury.

He looks likely to feature in the Boxing Day Test after Mitchell Starc limped out of the nets during batting practice, copping a knock to his knee.

Batting in the nets alongside Watson, Starc appeared to inside-edge a delivery from a net bowler onto his knee and yelled in pain.

Opener David Warner, who is nursing a sore thumb, was present at training but did not feature in the nets.

"I will definitely be playing - I will be doing everything I can," Warner said.

All-rounder Mitchell Marsh's right hamstring injury will mean a Test debut for Queensland batsman Joe Burns.



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