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Ankle surgery for Lee
Nanjing Night Net

[BB] KANDY, Sri Lanka – Australian fast- bowler Brett Lee will undergo surgery on Tuesday to repair the injured ankle that forced him home from the cricket tour of Sri Lanka earlier this month. Lee, who injured his left ankle during a tour match before the first Test, underwent further evaluation by specialists and diagnostic scans in Sydney this week. The 27-year-old will have surgery for posterior impingement of his left ankle by surgeon Kim Slater at Castlecrag Private Hospital in Sydney. Lee will then undergo a lengthy rehabilitation process, and it is not yet known for how long he will be sidelined.

Cairns pounds South Africa

AUCKLAND – A Chris Cairns batting blitz put New Zealand firmly in command of the second cricket Test against South Africa yesterday, as the powerful all-rounder cracked a boundary-filled 158 runs. His magnificent innings, which included more than 100 runs in one session of play, led New Zealand to 8-584 at stumps, a lead of 288 runs with two days remaining. In a day of records, Cairns and Jacob Oram set an all- time record New Zealand seventh wicket partnership of 225, while Scott Styris with 170, set the highest Test score by a New Zealander against South Africa.

Harmison repeats heroics

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad – England fast bowler Steve Harmison repeated his Jamaica heroics as West Indies slithered to 8-189 on a rain-affected opening day of the second Test yesterday. Humiliated by 10 wickets in the first Test, the Windies looked on course for a big total when they reached 100 without loss, but Harmison – who took 7-12 in the first Test – grabbed three wickets in eight balls as England took control. A useful, unbeaten 29 from wicketkeeper Ridley Jacobs helped lift the home crowd but Harmison was the hero once again, his ability to glean extra bounce out of the wicket helping him grab 5-48 and cause the undoing of the Windies batsmen.

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