Lee back at full speed
Australian strike bowler Brett Lee has said he is back to bowling at full speed ahead of next month's Twenty20 World Cup.
By Simon Dilger
Last Updated: 19/08/07 1:29pm
Australian strike bowler Brett Lee has said he is back to bowling at full speed ahead of next month's Twenty20 World Cup in South Africa.
The 30-year-old paceman, who missed Australia's World Cup triumph in the Caribbean, underwent major surgery on torn ligaments in his left ankle four months ago.
But after bowling at full stretch in a net session at the Sydney Cricket Ground last week, Lee said he felt his recovery was almost complete.
Speaking to The Sunday Telegraph, he said: "I'm fit and refreshed and felt I could have gone flat-out a month ago, but I've had to be patient.
"Now I'm back running flat-out and felt like I was bowling at full pace again.
"As each session has gone on I've got quicker and quicker. I'm back to bowling where I finished up before the injury.
"But I don't want to be like I was six months ago, I want to keep improving and become a better player."
Lee, who has played in just three Twenty-20 matches taking one wicket for a total of 72 runs, is keen to lead Australia's attack following Glenn McGrath's retirement from international cricket.
He added: "It's something I've been looking forward to for a long time now, and I've been given the opportunity with Glenn leaving the scene and retiring from Test match cricket,"
"We're not going into this competition as favourites - England and South Africa would definitely be favourites as far as Twenty20 cricket is concerned."
But Aussie bowling coach Troy Coley believes that Lee will be the most feared bowler for batsmen in the big-hitting tournament.
He said: "He's been training the house down and he looks good.
"He slotted straight back into that classical action, he had a beautiful seam position and was swinging the ball away nicely."