Australia in South Africa 2011-12 October 10, 2011

Appendicitis rules Lee out of South Africa tour

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Brett Lee, the Australia fast bowler, has been ruled out of the South Africa tour due to appendicitis. He will undergo surgery in Cape Town on Monday night and is expected to be out of cricket for six to eight weeks. Australia are yet to name a replacement for Lee in the one-day and Twenty20 squads.

"Brett complained of some abdominal pain after arriving in Cape Town on Sunday," Alex Kountoris, Australia team physiotherapist said. "After consulting specialists and having the relevant investigations he has been diagnosed with appendicitis. He will obviously be ruled out of the Twenty20 and ODI series in South Africa."

A replacement player for Lee will be named "in due course" but it is likely that Australia will want to add some experience to their bowling attack. With Patrick Cummins and James Pattinson included in the squad, Lee and Doug Bollinger were the two old hands in the T20 line-up with Mitchell Johnson joining up with the squad for the ODIs.

Lee's illness could mean Johnson is flown in earlier but it may also open the door for Peter Siddle, who has only played two international T20s, to make his mark in the limited-overs formats. Other options include Ryan Harris, who recovered from a hamstring strain after the recent Sri Lanka series but has been talked about as a Test match only player or one of Trent Copeland or Mitchell Starc, who played against South Africa A in a tri-series in Zimbabwe in June.

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  • on October 13, 2011, 0:20 GMT

    Bret lee you afraid to face me in Sheffield shield competetion.sign me to play i will show yall why i am the new cricketer in california who is vibrant and will lift the world cup in 2015 if america gives me the opportunties to accomplish this feat in cricket.

  • RandyOZ on October 12, 2011, 12:26 GMT

    @Sir_Freddie_Flintoff - assume it's because like your test side Derbyshire sources its first 3 sides from the Traansval?

  • bumsonseats on October 11, 2011, 16:58 GMT

    im at a loss. it seems u guys are very matey on this site. its i said to binga . and pup said no so that punter may get a game. u aussies r so friendly with your cricketers. dpk

  • AJ_Tiger86 on October 11, 2011, 12:34 GMT

    @RandyOZ: These hopeless new Australian bowlers won't even get into Derbyshire's 3rd XI. On the other hand, England have all time great bowlers like Jimmy Anderson and Graeme Swann who are much better than McGrath and Warne.

  • DAHSUT on October 11, 2011, 8:27 GMT

    very sad to hear whats happened to Binga.i'm sure he will be back bowling at 150 k's.i think siddle ,inspite of not having experience should be the correct replacement

  • RandyOZ on October 11, 2011, 8:23 GMT

    We must have South Africa and England (because thats where they get their players) shaking in their boots with our plethora of young bowling talent coming through. Bad luck for Lee but will be a great opportunity for a young pup.

  • tdobbo on October 11, 2011, 7:31 GMT

    Brett Lee, time to retire. The game passed by you at least three years ago.

  • on October 11, 2011, 7:05 GMT

    tait sud b dere in 20 n harris sud b dere for odis....my odi team watson,warner,punter,pup,marsh,hussey,haddin,okeffe,bollinger,harris,cumminns.plz no steve smith.......

  • Meety on October 11, 2011, 6:11 GMT

    @katandthat3 - yep they were pretty good quality wickets. Maher has picked up 2 as well.

  • Dashgar on October 11, 2011, 6:02 GMT

    I don't think Australia should be in a rush to get someone like Butterworth, Starc or Richardson over there, those guys should stay and play First Class Cricket. Better to send someone who will be in the tour for the long haul as whoever the replacement is they won't play ahead of the 3 quicks already in the squad. I think Siddle is the logical choice, he can get settled for the Test series that he will no doubt have a big role to play in.

  • on October 13, 2011, 0:20 GMT

    Bret lee you afraid to face me in Sheffield shield competetion.sign me to play i will show yall why i am the new cricketer in california who is vibrant and will lift the world cup in 2015 if america gives me the opportunties to accomplish this feat in cricket.

  • RandyOZ on October 12, 2011, 12:26 GMT

    @Sir_Freddie_Flintoff - assume it's because like your test side Derbyshire sources its first 3 sides from the Traansval?

  • bumsonseats on October 11, 2011, 16:58 GMT

    im at a loss. it seems u guys are very matey on this site. its i said to binga . and pup said no so that punter may get a game. u aussies r so friendly with your cricketers. dpk

  • AJ_Tiger86 on October 11, 2011, 12:34 GMT

    @RandyOZ: These hopeless new Australian bowlers won't even get into Derbyshire's 3rd XI. On the other hand, England have all time great bowlers like Jimmy Anderson and Graeme Swann who are much better than McGrath and Warne.

  • DAHSUT on October 11, 2011, 8:27 GMT

    very sad to hear whats happened to Binga.i'm sure he will be back bowling at 150 k's.i think siddle ,inspite of not having experience should be the correct replacement

  • RandyOZ on October 11, 2011, 8:23 GMT

    We must have South Africa and England (because thats where they get their players) shaking in their boots with our plethora of young bowling talent coming through. Bad luck for Lee but will be a great opportunity for a young pup.

  • tdobbo on October 11, 2011, 7:31 GMT

    Brett Lee, time to retire. The game passed by you at least three years ago.

  • on October 11, 2011, 7:05 GMT

    tait sud b dere in 20 n harris sud b dere for odis....my odi team watson,warner,punter,pup,marsh,hussey,haddin,okeffe,bollinger,harris,cumminns.plz no steve smith.......

  • Meety on October 11, 2011, 6:11 GMT

    @katandthat3 - yep they were pretty good quality wickets. Maher has picked up 2 as well.

  • Dashgar on October 11, 2011, 6:02 GMT

    I don't think Australia should be in a rush to get someone like Butterworth, Starc or Richardson over there, those guys should stay and play First Class Cricket. Better to send someone who will be in the tour for the long haul as whoever the replacement is they won't play ahead of the 3 quicks already in the squad. I think Siddle is the logical choice, he can get settled for the Test series that he will no doubt have a big role to play in.

  • katandthat3 on October 11, 2011, 4:39 GMT

    Get Luke Butterworth over there, he's taken 3/13 off 8 overs in the current Shield game and was the leading wicket taker last season and did pretty well on the A tour. Is a an excellent bat and great in the field. He bowls in the low 130's and does that crazy thing called moving the ball. It's a great opportunity to blood some more guys and the sooner we see Luke in the national squads the better. He should be one of the first picked for the Ashes in 2013 as well. Excited to see Cummins and Mitch Marsh get a go too. Get well Brett.

  • c3vzn on October 11, 2011, 3:33 GMT

    Bad luck Brett hope to see you playing again soon but what happened to McKay? Did selectors get bored and forget him?

  • TeamRocker on October 11, 2011, 2:27 GMT

    Sad that Binga is injured, but can't help feeling this could prove rather helpful for Australia. Cummins and Pattinson will both get to play, probably with Bollinger as the third quick.

  • gzawilliam on October 11, 2011, 1:30 GMT

    This is a blessing in disguise. With Lee out we can give Cummins a good run. He is the natural replacement for brett anyway.

  • hilditchmustgo on October 10, 2011, 23:53 GMT

    I think the tests will prove more close than most people realise. Husseys in good nick and Clarkey seems to be back in some form. Ive never been a fan but Watto is bound to rediscover his form at some stage, hopefully its soon. Need to bring Khawaja on the tour and stick with him even if he's not playing (pontings fault). He's a class act and he will come good. With the bowling i think SA will underestimate Copeland at their peril. Yeah, hes not quick and keep him in the system and he will get quicker after a few sessions in the gym. Mitchel starc is looming and the more accurate version of Johnson and i'd pick him over Cummins any day.

  • Meety on October 10, 2011, 23:51 GMT

    @Hattrick_Capes - simply because of fitness/injury concerns. Much better to use up his abilities in Tests (until he becomes too big a risk, then play him in limited over forms). == == == Every cloud has a silver lining so they say, & Lee's injury could pave the way for one of Oz's Generation Next quicks. Cummins, Pattinson, I'd love to throw in a wild card for the T20 side in Richardson, but given he didn't get a run in the Zim tour, he is no chance. I hope Siddle doesn't get selected for limited overs cricket. He is not a short form bowler, he is a blood & guts all day test cricketer, what he lacks in variety, he makes up with dedication, as you could see in SL. In limited overs, unless he is bowling above 145kph, he is cannon fodder, as he doesn't have a slow ball. In ODIs his s/r is 50, McKay would be a much better choice if you wanted some experience. I use an ODI analysis because in IMO, the skills for bowling in the 2 short forms are similar. Siddle = tests, not ODI/T20s!!!!!!!

  • MenFromMarts on October 10, 2011, 22:37 GMT

    Pidge could do it. Hell he only has to bowl four overs stand down at fine leg and will not get to bat . Come to to think of it I could do it!!

  • landl47 on October 10, 2011, 22:19 GMT

    The T20s are no big deal. Neither side will be anywhere near full strength. SA don't have Kallis, Steyn and of course De Villiers, while Aus don't have Lee and Michael Hussey. It will matter a bit more in the ODIs, but it is an opportunity for Aus to look at some younger bowlers. Tough luck on Lee; he's almost 35 and can't have long left. I hope he gets well soon.

  • Chop-Ups on October 10, 2011, 21:51 GMT

    Bad news for Binga and the team. Hope he gets better. He's been bowling well and would have loved the conditions in Sth Africa.

  • ashes61 on October 10, 2011, 21:28 GMT

    With regard to the Tests, a lot will depend on Ponting, Clarke & Hussey, it seems. SA should prove far too strong for Oz in home tests, unless the big three can bat long. Perhaps they'll all be in form together, but are Punter's or Hussey's reactions still quick enough for Steyn? Watson will stutter to his usual 45, then chuck his wicket away. The rest of the Oz side seems to be all over the place, and no real sign of improvement since their crushing Ashes defeat, despi the recent SL tour. Selection still fraught with all sorts of problems, primarily through a sheer lack of genuine talent (plus application) coming through - which the Big Bash mentality will inevitably exacerbate. Can't see any Oz bowling attack dismissing SA twice. Back in Oz, though, they should account for India comfortably in all forms of the game - if they don't, they have deeper problems than we realise! But blast these silly two-match series! Oz's biggest enemy is their current un-Australian approach.

  • 5wombats on October 10, 2011, 21:12 GMT

    That is harsh. Brett Lee is a true competitor and legend of the game. World cricket needs more players like him.

  • ashes61 on October 10, 2011, 21:06 GMT

    A pity for Lee, as in the very last knockings of his career there will be plenty of niggles & strains which stop him playing even the pyjama stuff, without having to miss some one-dayers through an illness unconnected with the sport. Sod's law! Hope he recovers quickly and plays again, but he's up against it now.

    As far as OZ are concerned it will have little effect, as he is already a retired player anyway, stepping down permanently from Tests nearly 2 years ago when his body could no longer do the business at the top level. Best wishes to a great competitor for a full recovery from the operation, from an admiring Pom. (Mind you, it's still sad to see former cricketers eking out a fitful swansong with as many pyjama games as they can fit in, as well as the other joke stuff, rather than calling it a day with dignity when Tests are finally beyond them - especially fast bowlers). Great character too - he chased a seagull about 100 yards at Canterbury 2 yrs ago when it nicked a bail!

  • 200ondebut on October 10, 2011, 20:58 GMT

    Blimey - what odds that?

  • 200ondebut on October 10, 2011, 20:57 GMT

    Blimey - what odds that?

  • on October 10, 2011, 19:58 GMT

    so sad.. get well soon buddy...

  • Gupta.Ankur on October 10, 2011, 19:12 GMT

    I think more concern for Australia would be ponting and clarke who are still in the side thanks to their performances during their peak period, when mcgrath/warne/hayden use to win them matches..........

  • maddy20 on October 10, 2011, 18:42 GMT

    Poor fellow. Get well soon Binga. You are the best!

  • bumsonseats on October 10, 2011, 18:12 GMT

    well as harris struggles to complete a 3 match test series, i guess they think if hes injured in 1 dayers then your chances in the tests go down the gurgler i suppose. dpk

  • DEXTER.FORSAKEN on October 10, 2011, 18:02 GMT

    since there is no one to fill rhyno's shoes in test and we saw it in 3rd match against SRI lanka

  • durhamd on October 10, 2011, 17:44 GMT

    Hattrick_Capes, I think he has a chronic knee injury, playing all formats would be asking too much of him.

  • on October 10, 2011, 17:29 GMT

    is shaun tait playing?????

  • Ianbaggygreen on October 10, 2011, 16:37 GMT

    Damn! Hope his surgery goes alright. That's terrible news. Big loss to the team, poor Binga, he'll be gutted. @Hattrick_Capes They are resting Ryano due to injury concern and want him to progressively build up towards the two match test series. This will also give him the best chance possible to represent us for the summer ahead. It is a wise move. I'd be getting Peter Siddle in, don't want to rattle a youngster or a bloke who hasn't played sufficient cricket at International level with a sudden call-up. Sids has played in South Africa before and did alright for the Bushrangers the other night. He'll be pumped to go. Keep MJ for the ODIs.

  • symsun on October 10, 2011, 16:31 GMT

    CLT20 over! no problem in giving enough rest to senior players until next IPL!

  • on October 10, 2011, 16:30 GMT

    Oh that's tough. For him and for us.

  • on October 10, 2011, 16:24 GMT

    For me Pattinson should definitely get a thumbs up. Cummins also looks good but needs to shape up more. In a way it's good Lee is not playing :)

  • rjansen on October 10, 2011, 16:23 GMT

    #Hattrick_Capes Because he is mister glass, they don't want him to break before the tests..

  • on October 10, 2011, 16:17 GMT

    Patric Cummins would come in because hes been excellent in CLT20.he has varied his pace and hes bowling with good speed.but before the SOuth africa tour This is big blow for Australia ....

  • palla.avinash on October 10, 2011, 16:05 GMT

    ho no,i hope he him early recovery,great player to miss.

  • on October 10, 2011, 16:00 GMT

    Fit in the CLT20, injured for the national team :(

  • Hattrick_Capes on October 10, 2011, 15:56 GMT

    Exactly why, with 41 wickets in 12 games at 16, is Ryan Harris being treated as a Test-only prospect?

  • on October 10, 2011, 15:52 GMT

    mitchell starc 4 sure excellent young fast bowler he adds something different being left arm n can bowl 140

  • on October 10, 2011, 15:36 GMT

    Oh Binga!!!We miss you...hope you back with a Bang....................

  • Dashgar on October 10, 2011, 15:30 GMT

    This may hurt our chances in South Africa but its certainly not a bad thing for Australia in general. Will mean Pattinson and Cummins will definitely play rather than have to battle for a spot with Bollinger.

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  • Dashgar on October 10, 2011, 15:30 GMT

    This may hurt our chances in South Africa but its certainly not a bad thing for Australia in general. Will mean Pattinson and Cummins will definitely play rather than have to battle for a spot with Bollinger.

  • on October 10, 2011, 15:36 GMT

    Oh Binga!!!We miss you...hope you back with a Bang....................

  • on October 10, 2011, 15:52 GMT

    mitchell starc 4 sure excellent young fast bowler he adds something different being left arm n can bowl 140

  • Hattrick_Capes on October 10, 2011, 15:56 GMT

    Exactly why, with 41 wickets in 12 games at 16, is Ryan Harris being treated as a Test-only prospect?

  • on October 10, 2011, 16:00 GMT

    Fit in the CLT20, injured for the national team :(

  • palla.avinash on October 10, 2011, 16:05 GMT

    ho no,i hope he him early recovery,great player to miss.

  • on October 10, 2011, 16:17 GMT

    Patric Cummins would come in because hes been excellent in CLT20.he has varied his pace and hes bowling with good speed.but before the SOuth africa tour This is big blow for Australia ....

  • rjansen on October 10, 2011, 16:23 GMT

    #Hattrick_Capes Because he is mister glass, they don't want him to break before the tests..

  • on October 10, 2011, 16:24 GMT

    For me Pattinson should definitely get a thumbs up. Cummins also looks good but needs to shape up more. In a way it's good Lee is not playing :)

  • on October 10, 2011, 16:30 GMT

    Oh that's tough. For him and for us.