ICC World Twenty20 2010 April 28, 2010

Brett Lee out of World Twenty20 with arm injury

Cricinfo staff

Brett Lee's hopes of making an international comeback have been dashed by a muscle strain in his right forearm that will force him out of the ICC World Twenty20. Lee suffered the problem during Australia's one-run warm-up loss to Zimbabwe and the team has requested a replacement player, likely to be either Doug Bollinger or Ryan Harris.

The injury is a major blow for Lee, who has not played for his country since October and was making his return from elbow surgery. Lee felt pain after taking 1 for 13 in four overs and later had MRI scans, and a team spokesman said the strain was unrelated to his elbow trouble.

"It's a muscle strain," the team spokesman told AAP. "We have gone to the ICC Technical Committee to ask for a replacement player."

The latest problem will raise further questions over the future of Lee, 33, who retired from Tests in February but wanted to remain a key Twenty20 and one-day player. A broken thumb curtailed his IPL season and although he retained his Cricket Australia contract, his ongoing injury worries must be a concern for the team management.

Australia play their second warm-up game against the Windward Islands on Thursday before their opening match of the tournament proper against Pakistan on Sunday. Bollinger and Harris are the front-runners to replace Lee, having both had strong summers in the shorter formats.

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  • Dummy4 on April 28, 2010, 18:30 GMT

    cant believe this.... fate has been very cruel to him!!!!!!! so many injuries... this is jus 2 much 4 any man 2 handle!!!!!!! i hhope he gets fit soon this time around n gives a fitting reply 2 people who doubt his capabilities....... please get alright soon!!!!!! n make a dashing comeback!!!!!!! your fans are missin u just a lot!!!!!!

  • Sriram on April 28, 2010, 12:29 GMT

    @kaaaaash - its rubbish..Lee missed Ashes, World cup and it had nothing to do with IPL. Its his body that has given up and its tired, though his heart wants to go on, his body simply has given up. Even Jacob missed IPL, so did Ryder and they all had nothing to do with IPL. You think if Sewhag had not played cricket for 1 month there would have been no injury? I think you have no idea about sports.

  • Dummy4 on April 28, 2010, 12:12 GMT

    I feel rlyy sryy 4 Lee.........I ws wonderng hw Lee wud play d wrld t20 cup after tht thumb injury he sufferd during d IPL..... tht itself ws an indication 2 ths....its rlyy unfortunate!!!!!!!!!! But Bollinger nd Harris put up a relly guuud shw durng the IPL.

  • Kashif on April 28, 2010, 11:45 GMT

    That is da way to unfit the player before the any mega event. Its all about Mr. Lalit Modi. I think now its the time to think all the cricket boards of international cricket that they only release their player for some calculated time not full time. I miss not only brett lee but also my one of the all time favorite Veruuuuuuu.

  • peter on April 28, 2010, 11:37 GMT

    I dont think Lee will play for australia again as he has too many injuries is too expensive and is getting old

  • Lou on April 28, 2010, 10:24 GMT

    I'm not sure that they will provide so much more with the ball as when Lee is on, he is really on in these short formats, but with his injury record this year it was risky as a selection. We'll need a right armer so probably Harris is the front runner.

  • Bhargava on April 28, 2010, 10:19 GMT

    Ooh feel so sorry for Not just him but all of the other squads. It was greatly surprised and happy in a way , Not a find Bollinger in the line up; Similary with Harris. Not that IPL is THE forum to prove urself , but after all didnt aus get Watson back thru IL......

  • Asif on April 28, 2010, 9:04 GMT

    Owww maaann!!! I can see why they selected him, the fella is pure entertainment. I wanted to see him in the line up with the other quicks. I hope they bring in Harris.

  • Matthew on April 28, 2010, 9:00 GMT

    To be honest I'm surprised that they weren't playing Bollinger or Harris ahead of Lee anyway. Especially Bollinger after he's bowled so well in the IPL.

  • Mick on April 28, 2010, 7:41 GMT

    I have no interest in a personal attack on Brett Lee as he has served Australian cricket with distinction on and off the field but his selection was, for mine, the most blatant bungle by a panel that has in recent seasons consistently proven its inability to show consistency. In one breath they want to champion youth and in the next they are selecting an out-of-form bowler who has not been anywhere near his best in years. Sad to say but Lee's latest injury is a huge bonus for the Australian team as Bollinger or Harris will provide much more with the ball.

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