6 Nov 2012

Watson ruled out of opening test against South Africa

1:31 pm on 6 November 2012

The allrounder Shane Watson has been ruled out of Australia's first cricket test against South Africa with a leg injury.

The three-test series starts at the Gabba in Brisbane on Friday.

Meanwhile the long-time Gabba curator Kevin Mitchell Jnr believes South Africa, who are the top ranked test nation, are the best-equipped team to break Australia's 24-year test dominance in Brisbane.

Australia hasn't been beaten at the Gabba since 1988.