Nagpur:Depleted Australian bowling attack found itself in a spot of bother after pace spearhead Brett Lee was put on drips due to dehydration forcing him to bat at number eleven instead of his normal position in their first innings on the third day of the fourth and final Test against India on Saturday.
The Australian team management informed that Lee did not come out to bat in his normal position as he was on drips following dehydration.
"As you all know Brett Lee suffered a virus infection two days before the commencement of the match. He was off the field during India's first innings as he was ill. At the start of the Australian innings, he was dehydrated and was put on drips," said media manager Philip Pope.
Lee, who bowled only 16 overs in three spells when India made 441 in the first innings, batted at number eleven today and remained not out on 1.
However, the visitors are hoping that Lee, who turned 32 today and needs four wickets to join the elite 300-wicket club, would be able to bowl tomorrow when India resume their second innings at 0 for no loss after taking a lead of 86 runs in the first essay.
"Hopefully he will bowl tomorrow. He had the day off pretty much today. He is looking a bit brighter today than he was yesterday when he came off the field. He wasn't feeling very good at all. He is rested up and we reckon he will be ready," said Australia's century-maker in the first innings Simon Katich after the day's play.