Australian fast bowler Brett Lee will play no part in his side's tour of South Africa after being diagnosed with appendicitis.
Lee had been named in the squads to play two Twenty20 Internationals and three One-Day Internationals but surgery will now rule him out for up two months.
"Brett complained of some abdominal pain after arriving in Cape Town on Sunday. After consulting specialists and having the relevant investigations he has been diagnosed with appendicitis and will be having surgery in Cape Town later today," Cricket Australia physiotherapist Alex Kountouris said.
“He will obviously be ruled out of the Twenty20 and ODI series in South Africa and is likely to return to cricket in six to eight weeks.”
Cricket Australia are yet to make a decision on whether they will send a replacement player to South Africa.
The series gets underway with the first Twenty20 International on 13th October in Cape Town.
Australia Twenty20 International squad: Cameron White (captain), Shane Watson (vice-captain), Doug Bollinger, Patrick Cummins, Aaron Finch, David Hussey, Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Stephen O'Keefe, James Pattinson, Steven Smith, Matthew Wade, David Warner
Australia One-Day International squad: Michael Clarke (captain), Shane Watson (vice-captain), Doug Bollinger, Patrick Cummins, Xavier Doherty, Brad Haddin, Michael Hussey, Mitchell Johnson, Shaun Marsh, James Pattinson, Ricky Ponting, Steven Smith, David Warner
|13 Oct 2011||1st Twenty20||South Africa v Australia||Sahara Park Newlands, Cape Town|
|16 Oct 2011||2nd Twenty20||South Africa v Australia||New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg|
|19 Oct 2011||1st ODI||South Africa v Australia||Centurion Park|
|23 Oct 2011||2nd ODI||South Africa v Australia|
|28 Oct 2011||3rd ODI||South Africa v Australia||Sahara Stadium, Kingsmead, Durban|
|09 Nov 2011||1st Test||South Africa v Australia||Sahara Park Newlands, Cape Town|
|17 Nov 2011||2nd Test||South Africa v Australia||New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg|
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