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Monday, August 08, 2005

Lee under injury cloud?

A Christopher Martin-Jenkins piece, in the Times, suggests that Brett Lee is Australia's latest injury worry... and given that McGrath is already out, 'worry' has to be the year's biggest understatement.
There was this piece I remember reading in one of the Brit papers, shortly before Australia landed for the Ashes tour, that talked of how in the run up to previous Ashes encounters, each day would bring its quota of England players ruling themselves out with one injury or the other -- the wheel, here, seems to have turned full circle; now it is the Aussie camp that features more medical reports than match reports.
CMJ suggests that though the Aussie selectors have reserved the option to call up Shane Watson, Shaun Tait would be the natural replacement.
Intriguing prospect, that -- and it's none too clear to me why Aus wouldn't want to play Tait anyways, even if Lee is fully fit; neither Kasprowicz nor Gillespie (the latter, especially) have yet shown signs of stepping into the spearhead slot with any conviction.
The more interesting prospect is of a double spin attack, with Stuart McGill coming into the side for the Old Trafford Test.
Watson, 24, was part of Australia’s one-day squad this summer and would be most likely to replace Simon Katich. Adam Gilchrist would move up to bat in Katich’s No 6 position and MacGill would replace either Jason Gillespie or Michael Kasprowicz, despite the latter’s heroics with the bat on Sunday.

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