World Twenty20 2010 April 15, 2010

Lee's latest injury a concern for World Twenty20

Cricinfo staff

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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  • Ibrahim 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

  • Nicolas 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.

  • Dummy4 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!

  • jeff 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.

  • Michael 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)

  • Dre 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.

  • Bryn 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

  • BARRY 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.

  • Brett 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?

  • Mick on April 14, 2010, 13:39 GMT

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

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