Brett Lee out of South Africa Tour

Brett Lee, Australia fast bowler, has been ruled out of the South Africa tour due to appendicitis. He will undergo surgery in Cape Town on Monday night and is probable to be out of cricket for six to eight weeks. Australia is yet to name a replacement for Lee in the one-day and Twenty20 squads.

"Brett complained of some abdominal pain after arriving in Cape Town on Sunday," Alex Kountoris, Australia team physiotherapist said. "After consulting specialists and having the related investigations he has been diagnosed with appendicitis. He will obviously be ruled out of the Twenty20 and ODI series in South Africa."

Lee's illness could mean Johnson is flown in earlier but it may also open the door for Peter Siddle, to make his mark in the limited-overs formats. Other options include Ryan Harris, who improved from a hamstring strain after the recent Sri Lanka series but has been talked about as a Test match only player or one of Trent Copeland or Mitchell Starc, who played against South Africa A in a tri-series in Zimbabwe in June.

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