Lee eyes IPL to make a comeback

Injury-prone Australian speedster Brett Lee says he plans to test his fitness and pace in the upcoming Indian Premier League.

updated: March 03, 2010 09:45 IST
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Retired from Test cricket but desperate to save his ODI and Twenty20 career, injury-prone Australian speedster Brett Lee says he plans to test his fitness and pace in the upcoming Indian Premier League.

"There are many things I want to achieve in the shorter form of the game. One, the Twenty20 world cup for Australia; and two, the 50-over World Cup for Australia in India. I want to be a part of that," Lee, who recently retired from Test cricket, said.

"I've been working very, very closely with Patrick Farhart. He's been my physio for 16 years and he's happy with the way it's progressing. I'm looking to be up to full pace within a couple of weeks," Lee told the 'Sydney Morning Herald'.

The 33-year-old paceman said his Test retirement will let him spend time with his young son Preston Charles Lee.

"It was a lifestyle choice through having a young son. I don't want to be away 11 months of the year," he said.

Lee, who plays for Kings XI Punjab, is not sure whether he would be able to bowl as fast as he did before injury but is confident of making a good comeback to cricket.

"Unfortunately or fortunately, whichever way you look at it, I've had a few operations now so I really know what you've got to do after it. If it was the first one then I'd be a little bit nervous but I've been through it before so I know what I have to do," Lee said.

"It doesn't make it [physically] any easier but it just makes the mental side of things a little bit more relaxed," Lee said.

Lee, who was named in the preliminary 30-man Australian squad for the World Twenty20 Championship in the West Indies, said he is ready to withdraw from the international tournament if his body or performance were not up to mark in the IPL.

"You should be bowling well and bowling fast. If I can't get back and bowl the way I want to, whether it's through [bowling with] pace or through pain, I won't play. But I don't think that will be the case, I'm confident my body will stand up to it," he said.

"I've got nothing to prove, I'm no out there to prove that I'm bigger and better than ever. I'm just going to keep trying to bowl quick and if I can do the business on the field and still enjoy my cricket that will make me very proud," he added.