Melbourne, Feb 5: Veteran Australian fast bowler Brett Lee has been ruled out of the tri-series with a broken foot, Cricket Australia (CA) announced on Sunday before the start of the tri-nation tournament at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).
Lee suffered the injury while fielding during the Twenty20 international against India at MCG on Friday. Following a fracture of his right foot, the paceman will be out of action for four to six weeks.
The 35-year-old's foot was hurt during the game in MCG when Indian captain MS Dhoni played a shot off Lee's bowling and in his follow through the Australian was hit on the foot.
Cricket Australia team Doctor Trefor James said: “Brett Lee sustained a fracture of his right foot when he was struck by a ball in the last over of his spell during the KFC T20 against India at the MCG on Friday night.
“He was able to complete the over however the foot became more painful and swollen the following day. An x-ray has confirmed a fracture of the small toe and we now expect Brett will return to cricket in four-six weeks."
A decision regarding a replacement player for Lee will not be made until after today"s first ODI against India at the MCG. Australian squad members will return to homeports until Wednesday when the squad will congregate in Perth for Friday"s second match, a CA statement added.