Australian fast bowler Brett Lee
Australian fast bowler Brett Lee

Down time for Watson and Lee

ALL-ROUNDER Shane Watson and paceman Brett Lee won't be doing any work in green and gold for a while.

The pair arrived back home yesterday from Australia's one-day tour of England due to calf strains and are not expected to be back in action before the World Twenty20 tournament in September in Sri Lanka.

Both suffered their injuries while bowling during the crushing eight-wicket defeat at Chester-le-Street on Sunday that gave England a series-clinching 3-0 lead in the five-match series.

Lee, who went off two balls into his second spell on Sunday, and Watson, who managed just the one over, joined teenage paceman Pat Cummins (side strain) in returning home early from the disastrous tour.

Lee retired from Test cricket in 2010 in a bid to prolong his career in shorter formats, however, at the age of 35, this setback is bound to lead to questions about how long he can keep going for Australia.

Meanwhile Watson, an opening batsman and medium-pacer, has seen his career blighted by a succession of injuries, leading many to question whether the 31-year-old's body can cope with the demands of his preferred all-rounder role.