Lee may face ankle surgery after World Cup anguish

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Bret LeeInjured Australian strike bowler Brett Lee faces an uncertain future as he considers a fourth operation on his troublesome left ankle, which has ruled him out of the World Cup, reports said on Saturday.

Lee bowed to the inevitable on Friday and conceded defeat after failing medical tests on damaged ankle ligaments and was replaced in Australia’s World Cup squad by Stuart Clark.

“The surgeon hasn’t ruled out an operation after tests showed there were also bits of loose bone floating about,” Lee was quoted as saying in The Australian newspaper on Saturday.

Lee has been the enforcer in Ricky Ponting’s one-day team, the paceman called on to take wickets even if he can be expensive at times.

Lee’s strike rate of a wicket every 28.94 balls is second only to New Zealand speedster Shane Bond (27.04) in limited-overs cricket and is better than both Australian modern-day bowling greats Glenn McGrath (35.17) and Shane Warne (36.32).

The pace ace was told he had no chance of recovery from serious ankle ligament damage in time for the World Cup after failing the simple test of standing on tiptoes.

He was initially given a deadline to prove his fitness right up until the day before the team’s first Cup game.

“The specialist asked me to go up on my tippy-toes and try and get my weight bearing on my left ankle…. I just couldn’t do it,” Lee told The Daily Telegraph.

Source:The News

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