Manchester - Australia's Brett Lee and Shane
Watson both had their tour of England cut short by calf problems on
Monday as they were ruled out of Tuesday's fifth one-day international
at Old Trafford.
The duo, who suffered their injuries while
bowling during a crushing eight-wicket defeat at Chester-le-Street on
Saturday that gave England a series-clinching 3-0 lead in the five-match
contest, are now due to fly home to Australia later Monday.
team doctor John Orchard said in a 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.
is the opposite calf to the injury Shane had last (Australian) 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 (in Sri Lanka starting in September), 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 (United Arab Emirates)."
Lee, who went off two
balls into his second spell on Saturday, and Watson, who managed just
the one over, joined teenage paceman Pat Cummins (side strain) in
returning home early from the tour, while left-arm quick Mitchell
Johnson did not play at Chester-le-Street because of soreness in his
Fast bowler Lee retired from Test cricket in 2010 in a bid to prolong his career in shorter formats.
However, at the age of 35, this setback is bound to lead to questions about how long he can keep going for Australia.
Watson, an opening batsman and medium-pacer, has seen his career
blighted by a succession of injuries, leading many to question whether
the 31-year-old's body can cope with the demands of his preferred
Nevertheless Australia coach Mickey Arthur -
speaking after Saturday's loss - insisted he wanted Watson to continue
featuring with both bat and ball in the hope both facets of his game
would eventually come off at the same time.
"We want Watto as an
all-rounder. He gives us immense value and great balance. We need to
have Watto as an all-rounder in that team for the balance of the side,"
"It seems that he bats well for a period of
time then he doesn't bowl well. And if he bowls well (he doesn't bat
well). We have got to get it right as Watto is a great cricketer," the
South African added.
Lee and Watson's latest injuries saw
Australia call up left-arm fast bowler Mitchell Starc, who had been
playing for English county Yorkshire, into their squad as cover on