Commonwealth Bank Series 2011-12 February 5, 2012

Lee out of tri-series with broken foot


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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  • Dummy4 on February 7, 2012, 13:17 GMT

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

  • Dom 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.

  • Matt 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.

  • Matt 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?

  • Kuldeep 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.

  • Dummy4 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.........

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

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

  • Bryn 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

  • Anthony 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.

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