Lee weighs options as injury ends summer
Australian paceman Brett Lee said on Tuesday that he was keen to return to the Test team but was weighing his options after being sidelined for much of the summer by recurrent injuries.cricket Updated: Nov 17, 2009 22:34 IST
Australian paceman Brett Lee said on Tuesday that he was keen to return to the Test team but was weighing his options after being sidelined for much of the summer by recurrent injuries.
The latest injury, sustained Sunday during a one-day match in Sydney, forced the 33-year-old to withdraw from this week's Sheffield Shield match between New South Wales and Tasmania and will keep him out of action for six weeks.
"I need to get away from the game, get this (elbow) right and then I'll make a call on my future," he told a press conference in Sydney.
Sunday's injury is a flare up of one sustained during a one day match against India in September, and follows repeated surgeries on his ankle, and elbow surgery in 2001.
Lee said he had not considered retiring from the Test cricket.
"At this point I'm comfortable with the fact that I'm not going to be playing Test cricket for a period of time, but on the positive side I want to get my elbow right.
"I'm getting a second and third opinion over the next 24 to 48 hours to find out exactly what the problem is and then I'll reassess after that."
Lee, who has not played a Test match since December 2008, said he still wanted to play the longer form of the game but admitted the sport was hard on his body.
"I play very hard, I play very fair but when you try to bowl 155 (kilometres per hour) for over 16, 17 years there's a lot of wear and tear on the body," he said.
"I always give it my best, always give 100 percent, always try my hardest and that's the reason and the way I play my game."
Lee, who has played 76 Tests and claimed 310 wickets at 30.81, said if it happened that he did not play cricket again for Australia, he could "walk away knowing I've given it my best".
"I still want to play cricket for Australia, definitely," he said earlier Tuesday.
"The love is definitely still there, I've still got that burning ambition and desire to keep actually doing things for Australia."