Lee to miss Ashes opener
Monday 06 July 2009
Brett Lee is to miss the first npower Ashes Test in Cardiff starting on Wednesday with a left side injury, Australia have confirmed.
The 32-year-old, a survivor of the Australia side who lost the Ashes in England in 2005, will miss out after a scan confirmed an injury to the rib area on the left side of his body.
Lee reported soreness in the left side of his ribs after the draw with England Lions and underwent scans today in a bid to locate the source of the pain.
Lee, who has 310 wickets in 76 Test appearances, put himself in contention for a return with six first-innings wickets against England's second string last week.
He had been sidelined prior to the current tour with foot and heel injuries - his last Test was a defeat by South Africa back in December - and Mitchell Johnson and Peter Siddle impressed in his absence during the 2-1 Test campaign win in South Africa.
But his stunning display of reverse swing in Worcester made his inclusion alongside that pair a certainty prior to his latest misfortune.
Alex Kountouris, the Australian team physio, said: "The scan revealed he has a small strain in one of his abdominal muscles - the internal oblique muscle.
"It is not as bad as it could have been, so we are going to monitor it over the next couple of weeks."
Asked if Lee, 32, would be fit for next week's second Test at Lord's, Kountouris added: "He is not out but the chances are slim."
Lee, who has not played a Test since December due to foot and ankle injuries, added: "This is only a small obstacle put in front of me.
"If it was my ankle and something of a structural thing I would be a lot more concerned."
Andy Murray tells how coach Amélie Mauresmo revealed her pregnancy
Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao: The biggest fight of all time, or maybe just the most lucrative?
What time does Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao start?
Everton 3 Manchester United 0 player ratings: Who scored lower - Marouane Fellaini or Radamel Falcao?
Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao: What time does it start and where can I watch it?
- 2 Migrant crisis: Greek soldier saved 20 people singlehandedly off Rhodes beach
- 3 Sofyen Belamouadden murder: The inside story of a crime that horrified Britain
- 4 Company breaks open Apple Watch to discover what it says is 'planned obsolescence'
- 5 Ian Brady: Moors murderer announces his support for Ukip and the SNP
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
The sickening truth about food banks that the Tories don't want you to know
Migrant boat disaster: Ukip candidate mocks victims in sickening Twitter post
Nigel Farage wants the BBC to stop making programmes like Doctor Who, Strictly Come Dancing, and Top Gear
Global warming: Scientists say temperatures could rise by 6C by 2100 and call for action ahead of UN meeting in Paris
General Election 2015: Britain would become a 'communist dictatorship' under Ed Miliband and Nicola Sturgeon, claims wife of Michael Gove