The early indications were that Watson was not injured by the blow, but he and Pattinson both appeared shaken by the incident, which was not surprising given the events of the past month.
“I had a chat to him. He’s a bit shaken. He’s okay. He’s just a bit shaken,” Brad Haddin said. “He just got hit in the head. He’s shaken as anyone would be. I can’t really go into any more because there’s no more details to give you.”
Watson was in the field for New South Wales when Phillip Hughes was struck by a bouncer in a Sheffield Shield match at the SCG less than a month ago and was one of the first on the scene to attend to Hughes.
The weeks that followed have been extremely emotional for the Australians, after Hughes died in hospital as a result of the blow. Chris Rogers was notably shaken by an incident on the first day at the Gabba, when he was struck in the back of the helmet while fielding at short leg.
On Tuesday, several Australians checked on Watson and he was also assessed by team doctor Peter Brukner, before walking out of the nets.
Mitchell Starc was also forced to leave the nets while batting on Tuesday, after he was struck on the knee and appeared to be in pain.
David Warner was present at the session but did not train as he continues to nurse his left thumb, which was struck during Australia’s chase in the second innings at the Gabba. Warner is expected to be available for the Boxing Day Test.