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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  • Dummy4 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.

  • Randolph 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?

  • david 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

  • Mainuddin 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.

  • Tushad 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

  • Randolph 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.

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

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

  • Dummy4 on October 11, 2011, 7:05 GMT

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

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

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

  • Tim 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.

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