Thatscricket - News - Brett Lee hopes to be fit for Ashes tour

Published: Friday, March 9, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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Melbourne: Australia's Brett Lee, the fastest bowler in world cricket, said on Friday that he had recovered better than expected from elbow surgery and was confident of being fit to tour England for the Ashes series in June.Lee, 24, a right-arm bowler, had surgery last month on his right elbow and was not available for Australia's tour of India, where the visitors lead the three-match series 1-0 after one Test.''I went and had the x-ray done and it's looking very positive. You know, the bone's healed quite well and hopefully I'll be back bowling in a month,'' Lee told reporters.''The signs are very good. I'm very excited. I'm actually ahead of schedule. I probably didn't expect to be bowling in the next four or five weeks.''Lee said he was looking forward to resuming running and swimming after four weeks of rest.''If I can just give myself four to six weeks of pure sort of bowling, and not try to rush it back too early, just take things easy, I shouldn't have any problems whatsoever,'' he said.''I'll probably play a few trial games over in England.'' Specialist Greg Hoy told Lee he was recovering well and should be back bowling in the nets within a month.The Australians, who have won a world record 16 consecutive Tests, fly to England in late May for a One-day series involving England and Pakistan and then five Tests against England.Lee damaged the elbow when throwing from the boundary during a One-day match against Zimbabwe in Perth on February 4. He was also troubled by a back injury during the Australian summer.He bowled the fastest ball ever recorded in an international match in April 2000 when one of his deliveries measured 156 kmph (97.5 mph) during the third One-day International against South Africa in Johannesburg. (c) Reuters Limited. Click here for Restrictions

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