Lee's 'mission India' evokes mixed response

Published: Tuesday, July 13, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Sydney:Speed king Brett Lee's slated visit to India next month to train at the MRF Pace Foundation in Chennai is evoking mixed reactions.

Director of the Commonwealth Bank Centre of Excellence Trevor (CBCE) Robertson is not particularly happy with Lee going to India to train.

The CBCE in Brisbane pioneers development initiatives for Australia's elite players, coaches, umpires, curators and administrators.

Some of the key features of CBCE include preparation and implementation of training camps, coaching support for individual Cricket Australia (CA) contracted player, professional development programme with CBCE staff, injury rehabilitation and skill remediation programme.

Lee will be attending the specialist camp on pace bowling and batting at the CBCE on July 18,19 and 20.

"There will be opportunity here for him to practice in a controlled environment directed by his coaches and not other people. There are opportunities for the players and Brett Lee to spend a week as part of his rehabilitation with the Australian Institute of Sport scholarship team travelling to Bangalore on July 25," Robertson said.

At the centre, assessments and analyses are done to decide when the players can go into full training.

Lee will travel to India with Dennis Lillee and train at the Foundation, where India's former Test bowler Javagal Srinath will also help him develop the skills needed to succeed on Indian wickets.

However, Bennett King, the chief coach at the CBCE said, "Individuals get trust in a particular individual and Brett Lee has that trust in Dennis Lillee, who has taken him through different levels in his career. It is realistic to continue along that path. Ultimately, athletes have to take ownership of their own acts."

The fast bowler had recently undergone ankle surgery after sustaining an injury in Sri Lanka in March, and rejoined the Australian squad prior to the Test at Cairns for a net practice.

Lee, 27, has been named in Australia's 30-member provisional squad for the Champions Trophy, but is unlikely to make the final cut.

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