Sydney: Australian fast bowler Brett Lee will miss the remainder of the second Test match against Zimbabwe and a Limited Overs series in India later this month because of a torn abdominal muscle. Cricket Australia announced the decision after Lee was taken to St Vincent's Hospital to undergo an MRI scan after suffering from a strained left abdominal muscle early on the second day of the second Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
The Australians are already without their two main strike bowlers - injured duo Glenn McGrath and Jason Gillespie for the tournament against India and New Zealand. Spinner Stuart McGill is also injured and Shane Warne suspended. A replacement for Lee has yet to be announced. "I am bitterly disappointed," Lee said. "I've worked hard on my fitness and have basically got through the last three seasons unscathed, so to miss this tour now is a major blow. "I knew pretty much from my first ball this morning that something was wrong.
There are times when I have stiffness and can pretty much bowl through it -- that's part and parcel of bowling -- but this certainly felt worse. "But hopefully we've identified the problem early and it won't turn into a bigger problem." Australian team physiotherapist Errol Alcott said the MRI scan had revealed a disruption in a stomach muscle. "He will be placed in a rehabilitation program and I am anticipating a recovery period of at least four weeks," Alcott said. The Australian Limited Overs squad departs for India on Wednesday and the triangular tournament begins on October 26.