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Lee in doubt after Australian victory

By Michael Donaldson 04/03/2004 10:16:57 PM Comments (0)

Brett Lee's place in the Australia's first Test team was up in the air after the fast bowler was taken to hospital for scans on an injured ankle.

Lee broke down in his fourth over on the final morning of the tour match against a President's XI at the Colombo Cricket Club and was taken to hospital for scans to determine the cause of ankle pain.

The scans showed no structural damage to the joint but Lee was still in pain late in the day.

While Lee's place in the team for the first Test in Galle starting on Monday was in jeopardy, there was some relief as Shane Warne proved he was fit and ready for a long stint at the crease in what will be his first Test in 15 months.

Warne finished with 2-79 off 23 overs while fellow legspinner Stuart MacGill cleaned up the tail to finish with 3-57 off 11 overs.

Lee's injury is to the same left ankle which was operated on to remove bone spurs last year.

The fast bowler hobbled from the field after bowling only 3.4 overs, having just claimed a wicket, and Darren Lehmann had to finish his remaining two balls.

Team physiotherapist Alex Kountouri will monitor the injury over the next few days but as yet a diagnosis hasn't been made.

Kountouri said Lee felt stiff and sore after Wednesday's bowling stint and after feeling some soreness in the ankle left the field.

"We agreed it was in his best interest to bring him off the ground," Kountouri said.

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