Thatscricket - News - Lee aims for Ashes return after surgery

Published: Friday, February 9, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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Melbourne: Australian fast bowler Brett Lee said he expected to recover from an elbow operation in time to win selection for the five-Test Ashes tour that starts in late May.''I'm trying to be as positive as possible,'' Lee told the reporters in Melbourne. ''I'll try to get focused for the next tour and give myself every opportunity possible of going on that.''Lee, 24, the fastest bowler in world cricket who has been clocked at over 150 kph (93 mph), has taken 42 wickets in just seven Tests. He hurt his elbow while fielding in a Limited Overs match against Zimbabwe in Perth on Sunday.The lanky speedster had a surgery this week and will miss Australia's three-Test tour of India, which starts next week.''If it's not ready in three months time I won't be rushing back, but I cross my fingers and hope it will be ready,'' Lee said. Lee does not anticipate having to change his bowling action or losing any of his lightning pace as a result of this setback.''There are a lot of athletes out there who have come back from bone fractures and from torn muscles and have had no problems, so I can't see why I'd be any different,'' Lee said.The operation involved implanting bone grafts and screws in Lee's right arm.In a two-and-half-hour procedure, surgeons chose to not only repair the elbow ligament and tendons Lee ruptured in Sunday's game, but also to mend an old fracture in his arm.A bone graft was taken from Lee's hip and two screws were inserted to fix the fracture in the ulna bone which hadn't knitted properly since he fractured it as a teenager."I was about 17, I basically threw the ball and snapped my elbow and had a big fracture going through the ulna bone," Lee said. "That's never united and basically that's what caused the medial ligament to snap. I've got 10 or 12 weeks off so I thought I might as well get it re-united," Lee said. "I've got time on my side (before the Ashes series), I'm young and fit and there shouldn't be any problems,'' added Lee.(c) Reuters Limited. Click here for Restrictions

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