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Lee and Symonds cleared to play in IPL

Controversial all-rounder Andrew Symonds, fit-again pacer Bret Lee and David Hussey have been cleared by Cricket Australia to play in the closing stages of Indian Premier League.

While Shane Watson, Nathan Bracken and James Hopes have been told to stand down from the lucrative Twenty20 event after they failed medical tests.

Symonds (Deccan Chargers), Lee (Kings XI Punjab), who returned to Australian line-up after four months in the one-off Twenty20 International against Pakistan here, and Hussey (Kolkata Knight Riders) were cleared to fly to South Africa immediately after the match.

Symonds and Lee, who has been recovering from an ankle injury suffered in January, are likely to face off at Kimberley tomorrow while Hussey will be available for Knight Riders' match against Delhi Daredevils in Johannesburg.

But in a big blow to defending champions Rajasthan Royals, all-rounder Shane Watson injured himself while batting in the Twenty20 International which ruled him out of the IPL.

Watson, IPL 2008 player of the tournament, was initially cleared after passing the medical test but unfortunate to suffer a mild groin strain during the Twenty20 international.

"Shane has suffered a mild groin strain while batting. He will return home for scans and rehabilitation. His condition will be reviewed in coming weeks to determine his availability for the ICC World Twenty20 in the United Kingdom," team doctor Trefor James said in a CA statement.

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