World Twenty20 2010 April 15, 2010

Lee's latest injury a concern for World Twenty20

Cricinfo staff
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A broken right thumb has added to the doubts over Brett Lee's comeback at the World Twenty20 in the Caribbean. Lee suffered the latest injury playing for Kings XI Punjab on Friday but Tim Nielsen, the Australia coach, is hopeful Lee will be part of the squad for the side's entry into the competition early next month.

Lee has just returned from elbow surgery and has not taken a wicket in four IPL games, increasing the concerns over his ability to return to top-level action. The matches in India are his only appearances since undergoing surgery in December.

''All we can do is wait and see how it reacts over the next four or five days before we have our camp and head off to the West Indies," Nielsen told the Age. "Hopefully it will heal, and the scans and things he's having at the moment will show exactly the nature of the damage and what the likelihood of him playing is."

Lee is not being told to come home from India for treatment and Nielsen said there was a possibility he could appear in Punjab's final game of the competition. Last week Lee was given a Cricket Australia contract to secure his short-form future after he retired from Tests earlier in the year to prolong his career.

"I was pleased they selected him and showed the support that he was looking for and we were hoping for," Nielsen said. "We've just got to hope now that this knock on his thumb clears itself up and we can go from there.''

Lee's agent, Neil Maxwell, feels the fast bowler shouldn't rush his comeback. ''Whilst it would be wonderful for him to be able to play in it, I don't think the Twenty20 World Cup is the be-all and end-all," Maxwell told the same paper. "Brett has constantly rushed to get back into things because of timing, and whenever he has had a good break he's come back firing on eight cylinders. I'd rather him be at 100% when he plays for his country.''

Australia go to the World Twenty20 desperate to improve on their first-round exit in last year's event in England. Nielsen has used Michael Sholly, a club coach in Victoria, to act as a scout on opposition players during the IPL.

''We've been playing so much that it was difficult for us to keep an eye on things in the IPL while we were in New Zealand,'' Nielsen said. ''It was a good chance to broaden a role we already had and be a bit more specific towards Twenty20 cricket. It's another piece in the puzzle.''

Matthew Mott, the New South Wales coach, will travel with the squad as an assistant to Nielsen during the event. Australia's opening game of the tournament is against Pakistan in St Lucia on May 2.

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  • long_handle9 on April 20, 2010, 19:55 GMT

    Hey it turns out JonnyBoy777 is Jonathan Eley a professional speedskater. No idea what he meant to achieve with this comment, though--Australia have a depth of pace

  • MrWicket on April 15, 2010, 13:29 GMT

    Anyway now that Binga is in doubt for this World Cup. If anyone is needed - Who should the selectors send over. I think probably Ryan Harris would be the best man for the job.

  • on April 15, 2010, 13:15 GMT

    Hope they pick doug bollinger in place of Lee. still can't believe Dougy was left out of the squad at the first place. He's the number one fast bowler in Australia today!

  • Bunk_JC on April 15, 2010, 6:42 GMT

    Jazzmaster - agree with all your comments RE: JonnyBoy. If Lee can't go to the World Twenty20, it may be a blessing in disguise. It will give a chance for the in form Ryan Harris to come in (are you allowed to change the squad after it has been nominated?) and will give Lee more time to recover form injury and possibly lead the attack for the upcoming Ashes.

  • longrun on April 15, 2010, 6:40 GMT

    haha. johnny the boy has done it again. jealousy of aussies has caused many a man (much better than you johnny) to live a life of misery. unfortunately lee is done, and yes it's a blessing in disguise for t20 world cup - t20 is for fit young blokes - i know you cant but i'd pick symonds (yeah not so young but he's good value)

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on April 15, 2010, 4:00 GMT

    Bollinger should have been selected but still, I think Lee's experience is what the Aussies were looking at. Fast bowlers tend to take a little longer to hit their strides so no-1 should look too much into his form as yet (note I said: "as yet"). Here's hoping he doesn't hit top form, else we could see the Aussies win yet another cup...yikes.

  • jonesy2 on April 15, 2010, 3:05 GMT

    he is a modern great and will be back and could play in any team and be the best

  • jazzmaster on April 14, 2010, 23:43 GMT

    Thanks for the racist comment JonnyBoy. What does 'terable' mean? You should be arrested for committing grammatical homicide on your patheticically inept attempt at writing a sentence. Brett Lee is a great cricketer and global ambassador for the sport whereas the likes of you are not fit to speak his name. You are a disgrace to real supporters of cricket and if you can only use this forum to badmouth the likes of Lee, why don't you spend your time pulling wings off flies and stop wasting my valuable time.

  • obstreperous on April 14, 2010, 23:25 GMT

    One can only wonder what JonnyBoy777 does care about - it's certainly not his spelling ability. If you're not interested in Australian cricketers, mate, why bother reading and commenting on this story?

  • stmookeyj on April 14, 2010, 13:39 GMT

    His absence will only strengthen Australia. Similar inclusion in the last WT20 squad will help prove this.

  • long_handle9 on April 20, 2010, 19:55 GMT

    Hey it turns out JonnyBoy777 is Jonathan Eley a professional speedskater. No idea what he meant to achieve with this comment, though--Australia have a depth of pace

  • MrWicket on April 15, 2010, 13:29 GMT

    Anyway now that Binga is in doubt for this World Cup. If anyone is needed - Who should the selectors send over. I think probably Ryan Harris would be the best man for the job.

  • on April 15, 2010, 13:15 GMT

    Hope they pick doug bollinger in place of Lee. still can't believe Dougy was left out of the squad at the first place. He's the number one fast bowler in Australia today!

  • Bunk_JC on April 15, 2010, 6:42 GMT

    Jazzmaster - agree with all your comments RE: JonnyBoy. If Lee can't go to the World Twenty20, it may be a blessing in disguise. It will give a chance for the in form Ryan Harris to come in (are you allowed to change the squad after it has been nominated?) and will give Lee more time to recover form injury and possibly lead the attack for the upcoming Ashes.

  • longrun on April 15, 2010, 6:40 GMT

    haha. johnny the boy has done it again. jealousy of aussies has caused many a man (much better than you johnny) to live a life of misery. unfortunately lee is done, and yes it's a blessing in disguise for t20 world cup - t20 is for fit young blokes - i know you cant but i'd pick symonds (yeah not so young but he's good value)

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on April 15, 2010, 4:00 GMT

    Bollinger should have been selected but still, I think Lee's experience is what the Aussies were looking at. Fast bowlers tend to take a little longer to hit their strides so no-1 should look too much into his form as yet (note I said: "as yet"). Here's hoping he doesn't hit top form, else we could see the Aussies win yet another cup...yikes.

  • jonesy2 on April 15, 2010, 3:05 GMT

    he is a modern great and will be back and could play in any team and be the best

  • jazzmaster on April 14, 2010, 23:43 GMT

    Thanks for the racist comment JonnyBoy. What does 'terable' mean? You should be arrested for committing grammatical homicide on your patheticically inept attempt at writing a sentence. Brett Lee is a great cricketer and global ambassador for the sport whereas the likes of you are not fit to speak his name. You are a disgrace to real supporters of cricket and if you can only use this forum to badmouth the likes of Lee, why don't you spend your time pulling wings off flies and stop wasting my valuable time.

  • obstreperous on April 14, 2010, 23:25 GMT

    One can only wonder what JonnyBoy777 does care about - it's certainly not his spelling ability. If you're not interested in Australian cricketers, mate, why bother reading and commenting on this story?

  • stmookeyj on April 14, 2010, 13:39 GMT

    His absence will only strengthen Australia. Similar inclusion in the last WT20 squad will help prove this.

  • nayakpinku on April 14, 2010, 12:40 GMT

    I agree that Lee has always given his 100% for his country. But he needs to understand that his International career is almost over and step aside, instead of waiting for a good finish to his career and let Aus slip another T20 WC(and other series) from it's hand. If he'll keep getting chance then other talented bowlers like Doug, Harris & Mckay would loose their's. My choice of fastmen for the T20 WC would be Tait, Mitch & Doug.

  • on April 14, 2010, 9:14 GMT

    What is happening to fast bowlers of today.. !!!

  • The_Weed on April 14, 2010, 9:05 GMT

    I'm sorry to say that Lee is gone. He has had a good career, but it's time for him to hang up his boots. There are too many bowlers that are fitter and in better form then Brett at the moment. This broken thumb could be a blessing in disguise for Australia's chances at the T20 World Cup. Bollinger is fit and taking wickets. He is my choice for Lee's replacement.

  • _Australian_ on April 14, 2010, 8:49 GMT

    JonnyBoy777 post April 14 04:38am. After that comment you still take the time to read the story and comment. Wake up to yourself!!!! It is a shame for Lee who has played the game over his career in excellent spirit and values that all players should aspire to. He deserves a better finish to his career.

  • avkris on April 14, 2010, 6:06 GMT

    i was really surprised tat Lee was picked over Bollinger and Harris who have been in the form of their life in ODIs and Tests. Can't see the reasoning behind Lee's selection given that Tait and Nannes are already there as out and out quickies. Bollinger has been outstanding for CSK in the IPL and he might be feeling let down by the selectors. I can't see Lee getting a game given his "form" for KXIP, and he might just be carrying drinks for his mytes.

  • JonnyBoy777 on April 14, 2010, 4:38 GMT

    Lee like all aussies has a terable inabilty to do anything i care about let alone impress me!!!!!

  • popcorn on April 14, 2010, 4:10 GMT

    Brett Lee has been dogged by bad luck ever since he had that ankle injury in New Zealand,and was food -poisoned in India in the 2008 series, and his break-up with his partner. The injury in the opening first class game prior to The Ashes 2009 prevented him from playng at least 3 Tests.He should have been chosen in the Oval Test at least.He was fit then. But Stuart Clark had performed at Headingley. The selectors should have selected "horses for courses" - selected Brett Lee, and Nathan Hauritz, dropped Siddle and Stuart Clark for The Oval Test. Australia would have won The Ashes.Now his Test playing days are over.his selection for the Twenty20 world cup was a gamble - he has not fired in the IPL either. Now that he has a broken thumb, he should be withdrawn,Ryan Harris should be selected for the World Cup Twenty20.. Tough luch, Binga.

  • VK1989 on April 14, 2010, 3:15 GMT

    Lee is the best, hes going to be back in form and taking wickets in no time. Good luck to lee

  • on April 14, 2010, 2:01 GMT

    LEE NEEDS FORM MORE THAN FITNESS, WELL BOTH ALKE.

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  • on April 14, 2010, 2:01 GMT

    LEE NEEDS FORM MORE THAN FITNESS, WELL BOTH ALKE.

  • VK1989 on April 14, 2010, 3:15 GMT

    Lee is the best, hes going to be back in form and taking wickets in no time. Good luck to lee

  • popcorn on April 14, 2010, 4:10 GMT

    Brett Lee has been dogged by bad luck ever since he had that ankle injury in New Zealand,and was food -poisoned in India in the 2008 series, and his break-up with his partner. The injury in the opening first class game prior to The Ashes 2009 prevented him from playng at least 3 Tests.He should have been chosen in the Oval Test at least.He was fit then. But Stuart Clark had performed at Headingley. The selectors should have selected "horses for courses" - selected Brett Lee, and Nathan Hauritz, dropped Siddle and Stuart Clark for The Oval Test. Australia would have won The Ashes.Now his Test playing days are over.his selection for the Twenty20 world cup was a gamble - he has not fired in the IPL either. Now that he has a broken thumb, he should be withdrawn,Ryan Harris should be selected for the World Cup Twenty20.. Tough luch, Binga.

  • JonnyBoy777 on April 14, 2010, 4:38 GMT

    Lee like all aussies has a terable inabilty to do anything i care about let alone impress me!!!!!

  • avkris on April 14, 2010, 6:06 GMT

    i was really surprised tat Lee was picked over Bollinger and Harris who have been in the form of their life in ODIs and Tests. Can't see the reasoning behind Lee's selection given that Tait and Nannes are already there as out and out quickies. Bollinger has been outstanding for CSK in the IPL and he might be feeling let down by the selectors. I can't see Lee getting a game given his "form" for KXIP, and he might just be carrying drinks for his mytes.

  • _Australian_ on April 14, 2010, 8:49 GMT

    JonnyBoy777 post April 14 04:38am. After that comment you still take the time to read the story and comment. Wake up to yourself!!!! It is a shame for Lee who has played the game over his career in excellent spirit and values that all players should aspire to. He deserves a better finish to his career.

  • The_Weed on April 14, 2010, 9:05 GMT

    I'm sorry to say that Lee is gone. He has had a good career, but it's time for him to hang up his boots. There are too many bowlers that are fitter and in better form then Brett at the moment. This broken thumb could be a blessing in disguise for Australia's chances at the T20 World Cup. Bollinger is fit and taking wickets. He is my choice for Lee's replacement.

  • on April 14, 2010, 9:14 GMT

    What is happening to fast bowlers of today.. !!!

  • nayakpinku on April 14, 2010, 12:40 GMT

    I agree that Lee has always given his 100% for his country. But he needs to understand that his International career is almost over and step aside, instead of waiting for a good finish to his career and let Aus slip another T20 WC(and other series) from it's hand. If he'll keep getting chance then other talented bowlers like Doug, Harris & Mckay would loose their's. My choice of fastmen for the T20 WC would be Tait, Mitch & Doug.

  • stmookeyj on April 14, 2010, 13:39 GMT

    His absence will only strengthen Australia. Similar inclusion in the last WT20 squad will help prove this.