After his controversial omission, NSW paceman Stuart Clark has been given a World Cup reprieve with Brett Lee today ruled out.
In a huge blow to Australia's hopes of claiming a third straight title, Lee was given no hope of travelling to the West Indies when his specialist checked his injured ankle this morning.
Cricket Australia has written to the ICC Technical Committee to receive approval for Brett Lee to be replaced in the selected squad of 15 by Clark.
"It is a great disappointment for Brett Lee that he is unable to take place in the Cricket World Cup and is a significant blow for the planning and preparation in place for the tournament. However it does give a tremendous opportunity for Stuart Clark to join the 15-man squad," Australia's chairman of selectors Andrew Hilditch said.
“Stuart was extremely unlucky to miss out on initial selection and despite the unfortunate circumstances surrounding his inclusion we strongly believe that Stuart is primed to seize his opportunity."
Australia's team doctor Trefor James said: "After further review by orthopaedic surgeon Kim Slater, Kim has today advised me that the injury has not improved over the last week. On that basis I have advised Cricket Australia that Brett will not be fit to resume bowling for two to three months."
The pace spearhead tore ligaments in his ankle injury during a fielding drill at Wellington's Basin reserve ahead of the first Chappell-Hadlee cricket match in New Zealand 10 days ago.
The injury exposed a startling lack of depth in Australia's bowling stocks, with New Zealand completing the second and third largest ever run-chases in overhauling totals of 336 and 346.
In the first Chappell-Hadlee match, Australia failed to take a wicket as New Zealand inflicted Australia's first 10-wicket loss in one-day internationals.
The 3-0 series whitewash, on top of the tri-series defeat saw Australia to an unprecedented five straight losses and saw their number one world ranking go to South Africa.
Lee's replacement on tour, Shaun Tait, proved expensive, Mitchell Johnson lacked penetration and Nathan Bracken was less effective than he had been during the tri-series.