Aussie pacer Bret Lee has declared himself fit, and termed himself fit to bear the brunt of International cricket. With Australia set to take on Sri Lanka, this month end, Lee is eyeing to make a comeback as the lead paceman for the Aussies. In his recent outing at the Australian Domestic league, Lee in New South Wales colours scalped 2 wickets for 37 runs against Western Australia in the Ryobi Cup.
It was Lee’s first outing in his state colours in a year. Since 2009 Lee’s career has been cut short by elbow, thumb and arm injuries burdened with a never ceasing side strain. The 33 year old with a toothy boyish grin, has been spending the most of his time in the benches and hasn’t played in National colours since last October.
The 33 year old from New South Wales, has experience of 76 Tests and 186 ODI’s under the belt and would certainly beef up the depleted Aussie pace attack that is still searching for an able ally for Mitchell Johnson. Lee, or ‘Bing’ as fondle referred to by his Oz teammates, has been plagued with a string of injuries and was called back from the last World T20 Cup after injuring his thumb.
Bowling express fast tagged along with a flashy grin, Lee with 310 Test victims in 76 five day outings, is Australia’s fourth most successful bowler. Lee made his arrival in the international arena with a bang scalping a five for in his debut test at the MCG in December, 1999. He started off as a third paceman and sidekick for McGrath and Gillespie, but later took centrestage with his express pace, sly swing and his post-wicket celebration antics et al. And with a measly economy rate of 3.46 in the five day format coupled along with 10 five wicket hauls, Lee has established himself in Aussie cricketing folklore.
Lee would look keen for the upcoming World Cup in the subcontinent. He hasn’t called it quits on his ODI career, and by the looks of his form against Western Australia it looks far. The express pace may be a thing of the past, but Lee has learnt to make more use of the slower ones, to haunt the batsmen.