Australia’s preparations for hosting next year’s Men’s T20 World Cup have been dealt a significant blow with the news that short-form specialist Andrew Tye will miss up to four months to recover from surgery on his right elbow.
Having been named in their squad of 14 for the ongoing three-match visit of Sri Lanka, Tye picked up the injury last Friday during a fielding drill ahead of the opening game at the Adelaide Oval.
After drafting in New South Wales paceman Sean Abbott as squad cover, Cricket Australia has now confirmed to Fox Sports that the 32-year-old seamer will require surgery and is likely to be sidelined for three to four months.
In addition to Australia’s three-match series against Pakistan later this month, such an extended time out of the side could additionally rule him out of the entire Big Bash League campaign and T20 tours of South Africa and New Zealand in the new year.
The Perth Scorchers player made his international debut in January 2016, and has collected 26 of his 33 international caps in the short format.
He is also a regular figure on the domestic T20 circuit, playing 26 matches for Gujarat Lions and Kings XI Punjab across three IPL stints and claiming 46 T20 Blast wickets at 24.00 since first joining Gloucestershire in 2016.
Tye’s injury news comes just weeks after his club and country teammate Jason Behrendorff was ruled out for the entire home summer after again picking up a back injury during a curtailed two-match stint with Sussex.