Lee looking for Ashes start
Brett Lee says he would relish the opportunity to pit his wits against England again this summer.
Last Updated: 28/06/09 2:33pm
Australia paceman Brett Lee says he would relish the opportunity to pit his wits against England again this summer.
The 32-year-old has been at the cornerstone of Australian success during the past decade, however, his place in the team ahead of the Ashes opener in Cardiff on July 8 is by no means assured.
Injuries have seen Lee struggle to recapture his best form during the past 12 months - he has taken 21 Test wickets at 47.8 in that period - with Mitchell Johnson having now taken his mantle as the spearhead of the Aussie attack.
Peter Siddle, Ben Hilfenhaus and Stuart Clark are Lee's other seam bowlers competing for a starting berth, and Lee hopes to come out on top.
"Without putting pressure on ourselves, we know it is a bit of a shoot-out between the bowlers. But that is exciting too," he said.
"We've always had one eye on the Ashes. I love England and the opportunity to play over here. I'm going to enjoy the Barmy Army as well.
"I will be out there playing the hardest and competing the best I can. If I am doing that I expect to be playing in that first Test match."
Despite his good form in Hove, Lee knows he will again have to impress in the final warm-up game against the England Lions this week when Johnson is expected to return to the team.