Brett Lee stands up for Ponting

Published: Thursday, October 14, 2010, 15:07 [IST]
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Lee stands for Ponting

Australian pacer Bret Lee has defended Test captain Ricky Ponting and has said that the team will bounce back in the Ashes series.

Ricky Ponting's actions came under scanner after the team lost the Border-Gavaskar trophy to India in the recently concluded test series by 2-0 margin. The former Aussie spinner Shane Warne criticised Ponting's strategy in concern to the field setting for Nathen Hauritz.

This defeat in the series has pushed Australia on to the fifth spot in the test ranking table , below England who will be touring down under for the Ashes next month.

Lee has admitted that the rub of the green did not go with Australia, but also stated that Ponting should not be blamed for every thing that went wrong.

"What happens when you lose a Test match, the name that comes up first is the captain," Lee said.

"He's the one that shoulders the responsibility (for a loss).

"It's obviously disappointing but Australia have the chance to turn it around (as a squad).

"As the captain he (Ponting) will gather all his troops in.

"The guys are doing their best over there. It's tough conditions to play in India but I'm sure that when England side come out the guys will be firing and ready to go." the speedster added.

The back to back defeat against India in the series has taken the loosing streak of Australia to a three match consecutive lose which has happened for the first time after 1988.

Questioned about the effect of the current test record on the players in the Australian team ahead of the Ashes series, Lee said, "It's not ideal but you know that an Australian squad when they have their backs against the wall is when they play their best cricket.

"I know the Australian side is so excited about the English coming out and I know they'll be eagerly doing their research and making sure they're ready to go.

"You take it (three straight losses) with a grain of salt really.

"We have lost three Test matches but I'm sure they can turn it around.

"I think we'll get everything together and play some decent cricket."Lee added.

Lee who has taken retirement from test cricket, is eying a return from an elbow injury for New South Wales against Western Australia in a domestic one dayer this Sunday.

Lee has been out of action since last November and has been nursing his elbow injury.

"It's been a fair few months on the sidelines but it's great to get back and to be available to play on Sunday is exactly how I planned it.

"You can do as much running as you want but until you actually run out and play it's a different feeling.

"I've pulled up well so I should be firing by Sunday hopefully."

Lee is also focusing to make a come back to the Australian One day side for the upcoming World Cup in 2011.


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