Lee out of CB Series
Brett Lee's injury jinx has struck again with the Australia fast bowler suffering a broken foot that will keep him out of the Commonwealth Bank Series, which begins today.
The 35-year-old sustained the injury when he was struck by a ball during Australia's eight-wicket Twenty20 defeat to India at the MCG on Friday.
Lee is set to be out for up to six weeks, meaning he will be sidelined for the tri-series with India and Sri Lanka.
"Brett Lee sustained a fracture of his right foot when he was struck by a ball in the last over of his spell during the KFC T20 against India at the MCG on Friday night," Cricket Australia team doctor Trefor James said in a statement.
"He was able to complete the over, however the foot became more painful and swollen the following day.
"An x-ray has confirmed a fracture of the small toe and we now expect Brett will return to cricket in four-six weeks."
The injury is the latest injury blow to sideline the veteran paceman. The previous came in October when he missed the tour of South Africa after it was discovered he needed surgery for an appendicitis.
Lee retired from Test cricket in 2010 due to persistent elbow problems, and his latest complaint is likely to put the focus on his international future during a season in which Australia have unearthed a new generation of young fast bowlers.
A squad replacement for Lee will be named after today's opening match of the series between Australia and India.