Commonwealth Bank Series 2011-12 February 5, 2012

Lee out of tri-series with broken foot

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Brett Lee has been ruled out of the Commonwealth Bank Series after suffering a broken foot during Australia's Twenty20 loss at the MCG on Friday. Lee is expected to be out of action for four to six weeks, meaning there could also be doubt over his availability for the limited-overs portion of the tour of the West Indies, which starts in mid-March.

"Brett Lee sustained a fracture of his right foot when he was struck by a ball in the last over of his spell during the KFC T20 against India at the MCG on Friday night," Cricket Australia team doctor Trefor James said. "He was able to complete the over however the foot became more painful and swollen the following day. An x-ray has confirmed a fracture of the small toe and we now expect Brett will return to cricket in four to six weeks."

Australia will not name a replacement player for the initial matches of the tri-series until after the opening match against India in Melbourne on Sunday. That means Australia's likely attack for the opening game will be Ryan Harris, Mitchell Starc, Clint McKay, Xavier Doherty and the allrounder Daniel Christian, with Mitchell Marsh unavailable for the first two games so he can play in a Sheffield Shield match.

Candidates to replace Lee will include Peter Siddle and Ben Hilfenhaus, although the selectors might wish to give them some extra rest time after their workload during the recent Test series. Other options could include Tasmania's James Faulkner, who made his T20 international debut on Wednesday, Western Australia's Nathan Coulter-Nile and Queensland's Alister McDermott, who is on top of the Ryobi Cup wicket tally this season.

Lee, 35, has taken 357 wickets for Australia in one-day internationals and last played in the format on the tour of Sri Lanka in August. He was keen to remain part of the 50-over squad as he aimed for 400 ODI wickets, and the national selector John Inverarity said last week when he announced the squad that the younger members of the attack would benefit from working alongside Lee.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • on February 7, 2012, 13:17 GMT

    dhoni has done it again :) what a shot it was to break lee's leg

  • DomP on February 6, 2012, 2:38 GMT

    Lee was fast and good, now he can play in the IPL or whatever. Top bloke, well done Lee. In a few years he'll probably be a commentator or pundit, or he'll have a coaching role.

  • D-Train on February 5, 2012, 23:03 GMT

    Also it's a big risk not adding another bowler to the squad. With Mitch Marsh playing first class cricket that means that if a bowler gets injured in the warm up, or pulls up sore or ill we have to play Peter Forrest. Which means our bowling would consist of 3 front-line bowlers, Dan Christian and David Hussey.

  • D-Train on February 5, 2012, 22:58 GMT

    Give McDermott a go. They're trying to create a culture of "you perform you play", so why not choose the bloke is easily the leading wicket taker this season?

  • here2rock on February 5, 2012, 15:10 GMT

    This should be the end of Brett Lee's international career. He is no longer required for Australia.

  • on February 5, 2012, 15:00 GMT

    Chris : Bollinger not fully fit since november ???? How come he played against India in CA chairman's XI I wonder.........

  • maddinson on February 5, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    Brett Lee may not get many opportunities for Australia from now on. Unfortunate for him to be missed out but Australia have around 15 fast bowlers at the moment who are of international standard in their 1st class cricket.

  • The_Wog on February 5, 2012, 12:11 GMT

    But, but...will he recover in time for the IPL?????

  • jonesy2 on February 5, 2012, 12:08 GMT

    so bad to have the greatest ODI bowler of all time out for so long but with the immense depth it can be covered and i hope nathan coulter nile gets an opportunity

  • tdobbo on February 5, 2012, 9:27 GMT

    Brett Lee was a good servant for Australian Cricket. Now he is just a show off and just playing for the cash. He should retire now, like a few of his elderly mates.

  • on February 7, 2012, 13:17 GMT

    dhoni has done it again :) what a shot it was to break lee's leg

  • DomP on February 6, 2012, 2:38 GMT

    Lee was fast and good, now he can play in the IPL or whatever. Top bloke, well done Lee. In a few years he'll probably be a commentator or pundit, or he'll have a coaching role.

  • D-Train on February 5, 2012, 23:03 GMT

    Also it's a big risk not adding another bowler to the squad. With Mitch Marsh playing first class cricket that means that if a bowler gets injured in the warm up, or pulls up sore or ill we have to play Peter Forrest. Which means our bowling would consist of 3 front-line bowlers, Dan Christian and David Hussey.

  • D-Train on February 5, 2012, 22:58 GMT

    Give McDermott a go. They're trying to create a culture of "you perform you play", so why not choose the bloke is easily the leading wicket taker this season?

  • here2rock on February 5, 2012, 15:10 GMT

    This should be the end of Brett Lee's international career. He is no longer required for Australia.

  • on February 5, 2012, 15:00 GMT

    Chris : Bollinger not fully fit since november ???? How come he played against India in CA chairman's XI I wonder.........

  • maddinson on February 5, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    Brett Lee may not get many opportunities for Australia from now on. Unfortunate for him to be missed out but Australia have around 15 fast bowlers at the moment who are of international standard in their 1st class cricket.

  • The_Wog on February 5, 2012, 12:11 GMT

    But, but...will he recover in time for the IPL?????

  • jonesy2 on February 5, 2012, 12:08 GMT

    so bad to have the greatest ODI bowler of all time out for so long but with the immense depth it can be covered and i hope nathan coulter nile gets an opportunity

  • tdobbo on February 5, 2012, 9:27 GMT

    Brett Lee was a good servant for Australian Cricket. Now he is just a show off and just playing for the cash. He should retire now, like a few of his elderly mates.

  • on February 5, 2012, 9:23 GMT

    ohh no...he is the gr8est fast bowler in ODI history...and is likely to break record of waqar younis of fastest 400 wickets....hope he will return soon and will break the record...and is biggest lost for OZs in this series

  • venkatesh018 on February 5, 2012, 8:18 GMT

    I like the look of Nathan Coulter Nile- he looks a real prospect

  • AJ_Tiger86 on February 5, 2012, 7:56 GMT

    This is very good news for Australia.

  • Dashgar on February 5, 2012, 6:22 GMT

    Don't really mind, gives younger players the chance, its not like Lee will be around next world cup anyway.

  • warnerbasher on February 5, 2012, 5:47 GMT

    It certainly didn't look like a swollen foot to me when I saw it. It looked closer to eight or 9 inches

  • on February 5, 2012, 5:37 GMT

    Bollinger injured his ankle in November last year, so he's probably not fully fit. With the emergence of Starc, Pattinson, Cummins and other young bowlers, he may as well find himself down the pecking order.

  • on February 5, 2012, 5:36 GMT

    I saw that shot from Dhoni. It was very stupid of him to try and stop such a fierce straight drive. But I don't have any sympathy for a fast bowler who regularly bowled short pitched stuff at tailenders.

  • on February 5, 2012, 5:32 GMT

    Brett Lee has had his fair share of injuries. That's why he retired from test cricket. Trying to bowl 150kph day in day out. Tait retired from ODI and only plays T20 cricket. To have a foot injury like this is just a freak accident. He's been there, done that, come back. As he gets older, he may lose pace and will rely on accuracy instead.

  • rko_rules on February 5, 2012, 5:13 GMT

    That was a stupid decision to stop MSD's blistering straight drive with his foot. It was going like a bullet. As an Indian, I'd prefer to play against any other bowler than Lee. Brett Lee is a complete entertainer and a 100% athlete.

  • raj60 on February 5, 2012, 4:42 GMT

    6 - 8 weeks out ....hmmm nice time to rest and ready for the IPL riches !!!!! hahaha

  • on February 5, 2012, 4:26 GMT

    oh no...!! not again!! was so excited to watch brett lee play again in the one dayers....and he's injured again! he's one of the most unluky cricketers in the world..hope to see him play againt west indies..

  • DataQue on February 5, 2012, 3:43 GMT

    Not good, wish him quick recovery! Lee can single handedly tear the Indian & SL batting apart...

  • donda on February 5, 2012, 3:26 GMT

    That is called blessings from heaven for India. Bret lee was biggest force against both asian teams. Woh. Now both India and Srilanka can relax against aussies.

    Clarke might be very upset on this injury. Australia in problem

  • zenboomerang on February 5, 2012, 2:54 GMT

    Must admit that Lee wouldn't have been in my starting XI straight after the 2 T20's - so just P Forrest left to carry the drinks... Looking at Coyte & Butterworth last game, both must think they are a chance of breaking into the squad... Really liked Coytes bowling in the BBL & his "at the death" bowling was superb...

  • Meety on February 5, 2012, 2:53 GMT

    @Jared Hansen - Bollinger hasn't played any cricket since before Xmas, & I think he got injured at home over the Xmas break. @ Scgboy - was that some sort of pun, or poor choice of words?????

  • SLfan on February 5, 2012, 2:33 GMT

    I was really looking forward to watch Lee in the middle. What a pity this is...One of my favorite cricketer.

  • SnowSnake on February 5, 2012, 2:15 GMT

    I am a great fan of Lee. Even at this age he can bowl a 150 kmph ball at will. In terms of consistent speed and quality fast bowling, he is the best Australian bowler for last decade. Despite good performances, the current fast bowling roster of Australia does not match the consistent speed & quality Lee possessed. If Lee had played test matches against India then India would have scored half of what they actually did. It is a disappointment that he got injured. Lee vs. Tendulkar is some of the best sights in cricket.

  • on February 5, 2012, 2:03 GMT

    Binga Really We miss you...we hope You and Malinga for Demolish Indian weak Batting...Hope you fit again!!! Now Srilankan Have No Game on this Tour Against Fast Bowlers!!! Insha ALLAH!!

  • c3vzn on February 5, 2012, 1:16 GMT

    Damn, he was bowling 150kph too :(

  • katandthat3 on February 5, 2012, 1:03 GMT

    Not having much luck is Bing, hope he can recover quick although as mentioned doesn't really help his chances for the WI tour. Leave Siddle & Hilf out of the ODI's, give blokes like Faulkner, Laughlin, Coulter-Nile or even Hogan a go. I'd leave McDermott and even Richardson for a little while yet, only just starting to get their pace up and let them finish off the domestic season.

  • Scgboy on February 5, 2012, 0:45 GMT

    poor guy , he just cant get a break.This is really sad.:(

  • icecracked on February 5, 2012, 0:45 GMT

    Well what a blessing in disguise.

  • Ameega on February 5, 2012, 0:31 GMT

    Despite been an advantage for SL (and for Ind too), we miss an entertainer for the CB series.

  • finncam on February 5, 2012, 0:23 GMT

    That'll teach him not stop balls with his foot any more. Now that's he's a senior, he needs to learn to exercise some restraint.

  • Ozcricketwriter on February 4, 2012, 23:56 GMT

    Faulkner should play. Pity that Mitch Marsh isn't available.

  • on February 4, 2012, 23:56 GMT

    Once again a meaningless T20 causes an injury that potentially has an impact on a far greater and more important series. I hate T20!

  • johnathonjosephs on February 4, 2012, 23:52 GMT

    HUGE BLOW. This man is the guy in ODI cricket with the lowest bowling strike rate (best of all time). He's also the fastest bowler in the entire tournament (Slightly faster than Malinga and I doubt Tait will play)

  • on February 4, 2012, 23:51 GMT

    ...really surprised to see Doug Bollinger not mentioned as a possible replacement.. I know he isn't Test-fit but I thought he'd be a good pick for the ODIs..

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  • on February 4, 2012, 23:51 GMT

    ...really surprised to see Doug Bollinger not mentioned as a possible replacement.. I know he isn't Test-fit but I thought he'd be a good pick for the ODIs..

  • johnathonjosephs on February 4, 2012, 23:52 GMT

    HUGE BLOW. This man is the guy in ODI cricket with the lowest bowling strike rate (best of all time). He's also the fastest bowler in the entire tournament (Slightly faster than Malinga and I doubt Tait will play)

  • on February 4, 2012, 23:56 GMT

    Once again a meaningless T20 causes an injury that potentially has an impact on a far greater and more important series. I hate T20!

  • Ozcricketwriter on February 4, 2012, 23:56 GMT

    Faulkner should play. Pity that Mitch Marsh isn't available.

  • finncam on February 5, 2012, 0:23 GMT

    That'll teach him not stop balls with his foot any more. Now that's he's a senior, he needs to learn to exercise some restraint.

  • Ameega on February 5, 2012, 0:31 GMT

    Despite been an advantage for SL (and for Ind too), we miss an entertainer for the CB series.

  • icecracked on February 5, 2012, 0:45 GMT

    Well what a blessing in disguise.

  • Scgboy on February 5, 2012, 0:45 GMT

    poor guy , he just cant get a break.This is really sad.:(

  • katandthat3 on February 5, 2012, 1:03 GMT

    Not having much luck is Bing, hope he can recover quick although as mentioned doesn't really help his chances for the WI tour. Leave Siddle & Hilf out of the ODI's, give blokes like Faulkner, Laughlin, Coulter-Nile or even Hogan a go. I'd leave McDermott and even Richardson for a little while yet, only just starting to get their pace up and let them finish off the domestic season.

  • c3vzn on February 5, 2012, 1:16 GMT

    Damn, he was bowling 150kph too :(