Lee 50/50 on World Cup chances

Brett Lee has rated himself a 50/50 chance of featuring in the upcoming World Cup in the Caribbean after injuring his ankle in New Zealand.

Lee suffered the injury during a training session the day before the first Chappell-Hadlee match in Wellington.

X-rays ruled out a break, but confirmed ligament damage which could put him out of the World Cup.

There was a bit of good news with the injury though in that it wouldn’t require surgery which still leaves him with a chance of taking part in the World Cup.

Lee commented to media on the injury saying “At the moment probably all I can say is that I’m 50-50 for the World Cup, so fingers crossed.”

“The good news is that I don’t have to have an operation.”

“There are torn ligaments in my left ankle and yesterday I was in a lot of pain. When I went down I heard a crack in my ankle and things weren’t looking good.”

“After consulting with the doctor today I am more positive, but it’s too hard to say what the outcome will be.”

“I’ll be doing everything I can to make sure I have a chance of playing at the World Cup.”

“As a fast bowler I have had stress fractures in my back and ankle surgery three times and have always overcome these injuries.”

Australian Team Doctor Trefor James said “Brett’s availability will depend on his progress over the coming 7-10 days and no decisions regarding his availability for the 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup will be made until this time.”

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