Lee 50-50 for World Cup

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Bret LeeAustralian fast bowler Brett Lee has rated his chances of playing at next month’s World Cup at only “50-50” as he battles to recover from serious ankle ligament damage.

Cricket Australia (CA) issued a statement on Friday saying the key paceman’s availability for the Caribbean will not be known for at least a week, but that he does not need surgery.

“The good news is that I don’t need an operation, I don’t need any screws in the bones which is positive,” said Lee, who arrived home after injuring his left ankle training for the Chappell-Hadlee series.

“At the moment probably all I can say is that I’m 50-50 for the World Cup so fingers crossed. I’ll have to reassess in about a week. I need my doctor to talk to (team physiotherapist) Alex Kountouris over in New Zealand so I’ll know a lot more then,” he added.

Kountouris said in the statement that Lee has suffered serious ligament damage in his left ankle.

Lee said he feared for the worst when he first went down on the ankle but was relieved not to need an operation.

Australian team doctor Trefor James said Lee’s chances of playing in the World Cup depended on his progress over the next week.

Source:The News

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