Australian speedster Brett Lee has dubbed the Ashes series starting this month as the most important challenge of his career as he attempts to rectify a dismal Test record against England.
Lee admitted he needed to conquer an opponent that has taken his bowling apart over the past five years.
Asked if this series represented the biggest test of his seven-year international career, Lee said "Yeah, I think it is. I rate the Ashes up with a World Cup final.
"Any person who's had the chance to play a series for Australia knows it's special, but this is a huge challenge for me. Bring it on," he told 'Herald Sun.'
"Compared to other opponents, my record (against England) is not as good and I know for Australia to regain the Ashes, I need to make sure I take wickets and get some runs," Lee said.
"The main thing is I've improved with each Ashes series. The first time I took nine wickets, last year I got 20 and I want to improve on that this time," he said.
The New South Welshman said he was looking forward to the challenge.
"I enjoyed being the spearhead the past Australian summer. I've enjoyed that extra responsibility and I want to make it my role to make a big impact in this series and in this Australian side," he said.
"I feel the past couple of seasons have been the best since I've started, he said, adding he was coming into a mature age for a fast bowler.