Lee - Hard work starts now
Brett Lee has warned against complacency as Australia bid to inflict a NatWest Series whitewash on England.
Last Updated: 13/09/09 3:06pm
Australia have their sights fixed on a NatWest Series whitewash after opening a 4-0 lead with a seven-wicket victory over England on Sunday.
Paceman Brett Lee bagged 5-49 as England mustered just 220 after opting to bat first at Lord's.
Half-centuries from Tim Paine and Michael Clarke powered the tourists to their modest target with more than six overs to spare.
With series honours secured, Lee says the chance of inflicting a shut out on England ensures Australia will not ease off in the final three games.
"The next game is very important, but the chance to win the next three is something we'll certainly be eyeing," said Lee, who has now taken an Australian record nine five-wicket hauls in one-day internationals.
"We have it take it game by game, you obviously don't want to look too far ahead as well.
"You can become complacent I think, after we've won the series here it would be very easy for us to think we've done the hard work, but the hard work starts now."
Lee has been given extra motivation to do well in the one-dayers after first being injured and then overlooked for the 2-1 Ashes defeat, a snub which has left a lingering pain.
"I was disappointed not to play in the Ashes to say the least, but that's behind me now," the New South Welshman added.
"I can only perform the best I can when given the opportunity.
"Here the yorker was landing where I wanted it to land, I felt pretty strong at the crease and walking away with a five-for is a special feeling.
"I don't think it makes up for what's happened in the Test series, it's a completely different series.
"It certainly brings a smile to my face, put it that way. I've left the Ashes behind me now, I have dealt with that and moved on.
"I'm hoping to get the chance to play some Test cricket this Australian summer. The only thing I can try to do is take wickets in one-day matches to prove I can play Test cricket again.
"You've just got to keep putting your hand up."