Ashes: Brett Lee backs Old Trafford recall for 'pure match-winner' David Warner
Ex-Australia bowler Brett Lee wants to see David Warner recalled for the third Ashes Test at Old Trafford.
Last Updated: 01/08/13 10:03am
Warner was suspended by Cricket Australia last month for punching England's Joe Root in a Birmingham bar following a Champions Trophy encounter.
He was then not selected for the first two Ashes Tests and was sent to South Africa to get some match practice for the Australia A side, scoring 193 against South Africa A in Pretoria last week.
However, he is now training with the main Australia side and, with England already 2-0 up in the series, Lee says the left-hander should be given his chance.
"I'd like to think the Aussies can get a win in the third Test coming up," said Lee. "And, if they inject someone like a David Warner, a pure match-winner, I reckon that'd be a great way to get the Australians on the board."
However, Lee accepts that Australia will find it hard to upset the odds against a strong England side.
"I would never back against Australia but I think we've got a lot of hard work ahead of the guys," he said.
"Australia have been playing some decent cricket but we've just fallen short of the mark and I think that, the way England have been playing, they're playing purely on confidence now.
"Graeme Swann is bowling with pure confidence, and they've got the batsmen who are backing that up.
"We probably haven't had that with the Australian team right now but it only takes one huge innings or one good bowling spell to get the boys back in the right frame of mind."
The two sides will clash once again in Australia this winter and Lee thinks that series could prove a sterner test for England.
"I said before the tour started I reckon that England will be very strong in their home country," he said.
"But, when we come out here with the Kookaburra ball that the guys are used to playing with, and playing on the wickets here that are more conducive to the fast bowlers, I reckon we'll be a lot stronger."
But former Aussie batsman Mike Hussey is not quite so convinced that Warner should be pitched straight into Ashes battle this week.
"It's a big ask on him, I think," said Hussey. "Having to fly all the way back from South Africa, land, and pretty much play a Test match.
"I don't know if, physically or mentally, he'll be in the best possible shape to do it, but he's a talented player."