Australia send for Harris

Lee injury opens door for Queensland paceman

Last updated: 28th April 2010  

Australia send for Harris

Harris: replacing Lee

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Australia have called Ryan Harris into their ICC World Twenty20 squad as replacement for injured fast bowler Brett Lee.

Lee, 33, was ruled out of the April 30-May 16 tournament in the Caribbean after damaging an arm muscle in Australia's warm-up defeat to Zimbabwe on Tuesday.

"While it is obviously disappointing for Brett, this gives Ryan Harris a wonderful opportunity to join the Australian squad in the West Indies for the ICC World Twenty20 tournament," said national selection panel chairman Andrew Hilditch.

"Ryan was very close to selection in the initial 15-man squad. He has been in excellent form for Australia in one-day and Test formats and during his recent stint at the IPL.

"We believe he is the ideal replacement for Brett, being a right-arm swing bowler with a good ability to bowl at the death of an innings.

"His ability with the bat and in the field also adds extra versatility to our squad."