17/11/2009

Injured Lee Mulls Future

A week into his 33 rd birthday, Australian paceman Brett Lee is forced to consider his future in cricket.

Brett Lee has been hampered by injuries since 2000. Stress fractures of the back, abdominal strains, elbow surgery, an ankle surgery - you name it he has had it all.
 
He, however, over came these injuries, to take 310 wickets in 76 Test matches and 324 wickets at 23 in 186 limited-overs internationals.
 
This year Brett Lee has been plagued by recurring elbow injury, that not only kept him away from Test series against South Africa and England, but also kept him away from a domestic match last weekend.
 
Adding to his discomfiture has been statements from selectors and Ricky Pointing, that made it plainly obvious that he has lost ground to Mitchell Johnson, Peter Siddle and Ben Hilfenhaus in the Australian fast bowling pecking order.
 
Since the disintegration of his marriage there is also a seed of doubt about Brett Lee's hunger for the game.
 
As he himself remarked in an interview yesterday, the recurring injuries have forced him to think about his future in cricket.
 
Will he continue to harbour Test cricket ambitions or will he restrict himself to ODI's and Twenty20 matches? 

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