London, Jul 9: Australia, who have already lost the ongoing One Day International series against England, were dealt two huge blows ahead of the final game as vice-captain Shane Watson and paceman Brett Lee will return home on Monday due to calf strains.
A media statement from Cricket Australia (CA) on Monday confirmed that Watson and Lee will return to Australia on Monday for further medical assessment on calf injuries sustained during the fourth ODI against England on Saturday.
Australia team doctor John Orchard said in the media statement, "Shane Watson and Brett Lee have calf strains - Shane to the left and Brett to the right calf - sustained during the fourth ODI against England at Durham. This is the opposite calf to the injury Shane had last summer. Because both players will miss the final game, they are flying back to Sydney for MRI scans and further treatment. At this stage, they are anticipated to be available for consideration for selection for the ICC World Twenty20, with scan results and response to treatment to determine whether they will be available for consideration for selection for the coming series against Pakistan in the UAE."
The fifth and final ODI of the series will be played on July 10, Tuesday. England lead the series 3-0. The third ODI was washed out without a ball bowled.