Injury forces Watson, Brett Lee to return to Australia

London: Australia’s vice captain Shane Watson and pacer Brett Lee are returning home from the one-day tour of England after suffering from calf injuries.

The duo picked up the injuries during Australia’s eight-wicket defeat to England at Durham on Saturday where both were unable to finish the game.

Australia plays their final match of the tour at Old Trafford on Tuesday and have called in Mitchell Starc from Yorkshire as cover, The Age reports.

Australian team doctor John Orchard said: “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.”

He said: “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.”


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