Lee out of first CH ODI

Further to reports of the ankle injury sustained by Brett Lee, the fast-man has been ruled out of the first one-day international of the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy series against New Zealand.

There were fears that Lee would be ruled out of the entire series when he slipped during a fielding session and had to be hospitalized. Cricket Australia stated Lee was due to have scans on the injury on Thursday night.

The first match is due to be played on Friday and will see Australia field a depleted side, given that captain Ricky Ponting, allrounder Andrew Symonds and wicketkeeper-batsman Adam Gilchrist will not participate in the series in the interest of recovery from injuries and rest. Stand-in captain, Michael Hussey stated that the Australia camp is uncertain as to the severity of the injury. “I don’t think we’ll really know until he’s scanned and we can see the extent of what the damage is, but fingers crossed I guess,” said Hussey.

Cricket Australia assured that x-rays have ruled out major breaks, however. A spokesperson stated that a decision will be made as to whether a replacement for Lee will be named. Fast bowler Shaun Tait is tipped to be called to action should Lee be withdrawn. Vice-captain Michael Clarke is also struggling with a hip injury.

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