Lee in hospital with knee infection

Brett Lee was admitted to a hospital with an infection in his left knee on Monday.

updated: February 25, 2007 10:53 IST
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Brett Lee was admitted to a hospital with an infection in his left knee Monday, a day after taking Australia to within three runs of an improbable win over England in the second cricket test. The 28-year-old fast bowler had swelling and soreness in his knee and was being treated with antibiotics, said Australian team physiotherapist Errol Alcott. Lee would remain in hospital overnight and wouldn't travel with the Australian team to Manchester on Tuesday, Alcott said. His condition and availability for the third test, starting Thursday in Old Trafford, is uncertain. 50-50 chance Alcott rated Lee a 50-50 chance of recovering in time for the Manchester match. The test series is locked 1-1 with three matches remaining. Alcott said there was no bone or muscle damage to Lee's knee and the infection came from an abrasion that first occurred in the first test and had subsequently been irritated. Lee took four wickets in the second innings at Edgbaston, including three in an 11-ball burst Saturday. He then scored an unbeaten 43 in two tail-end partnerships with Shane Warne and Michael Kasprowicz worth 104 runs that took Australia to within two runs of England. If Lee is unavailable for the third test that would be a major blow for Australia, which is also likely to be without pace spearhead Glenn McGrath. McGrath injured Man of the match in Australia's 239-run win in the series-opener at Lord's, McGrath injured his right ankle in a freakish warmup accident just before the second test was due to start. McGrath was walking around without needing crutches on Monday and Alcott said the fast bowler's recovery was progressing well. McGrath is likely to return in the fourth test starting August 25 at Nottingham. (AP)