Australia face World Twenty20 dilemma over Lee, WatsonMay 4th, 2009 - 5:05 pm ICT by ANI
Abu Dhabi, May 4 (ANI): Australian cricket team coach Tim Nielsen believes that the selectors will be taking a chance on Brett Lee and Shane Watson when it comes to choosing the World Twenty20 squad on Tuesday.
Both Lee and Watson are planning to make their competitive bowling comeback in Australia’s Twenty20 match against Pakistan in Dubai on Friday.
For 32-year-old Lee, it will be his first game since surgery to repair ankle stress fractures after last year’s Boxing Day Test, reports Fox.
Watson has played as a batsman during the five-game one-day series against Pakistan, but he has not bowled since last November as he returns from back stress fractures.
“It’s not ideal obviously,” Nielsen said of the timing.
The good news for Australia is that they should be able to replace the players in the squad - at the discretion of the event’s technical committee - if the pair’s injury comebacks do not progress as planned.
Lee and Watson are not the only comeback players with whom selectors face an interesting decision.
All-rounder Andrew Symonds, who returned for the one-day series against Pakistan after missing much of the previous eight months through suspension and injury, has not entirely convinced in his return.
His only innings of note was a match-winning 58 in game two, with just 24 runs in three other innings for a series average of 20.5.
But his game-changing potential with the bat, as well as handy off-spin and brilliant fielding is likely to see him selected.
The bulk of the squad is expected to come from the 15 one-day squad members in the United Arab Emirates, plus the resting Ricky Ponting, Michael Hussey and Mitchell Johnson. (ANI)
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