Brett Lee to undergo ankle surgery

Published: Thursday, October 23, 2003, 20:16 [IST]
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Sydney: Australia's fastest bowler Brett Lee is to use his enforced rest from cricket to have surgery on a long-standing ankle problem, Cricket Australia said. Lee, who was unavailable for Australia's tour to India to play in a triangular One- day series because of a strained stomach muscle, is using his sidelining to correct damage to his left ankle. Team physiotherapist Errol Alcott said the injury to his stomach had given 26-year- old Lee a window of opportunity to have the surgery, scheduled for Thursday. Lee bowled despite pain in the back of his ankle during this month's home two-Test series against Zimbabwe, and Alcott said the injury should heal quickly after surgery. "Brett will be reviewed again towards the end of November following an intensive rehabilitation program," he said. India, New Zealand and world champions Australia begin a triangular One-day series in India on Thursday, with the Kiwis to meet the host side. Apart from 131-Test wicket-taker Lee, Australia are also without fellow pacemen Glenn McGrath and Jason Gillespie in India. Lee is aiming to be back for the first of Australia's four home Tests against India in Brisbane on December 4.

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