Ponting optimistic of Lee's fitness for SL tie

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Published: Thursday, February 16, 2012, 18:26 [IST]
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Ponting optimistic of Lee's fitness

Sydney, Feb 16: Ricky Ponting, leading the Australian side in the absence of injured Michael Clarke, says he is optimistic that pacer Brett Lee will recover from a broken toe to play the ODI against Sri Lanka at Sydney on Friday.

Aussie pacer, Lee was ruled out of action for six weeks following a broken toe during a Twenty20 match against India earlier this month. But since he has recovered quite early
of his schedule, Ponting is very optimistic about Lee's return to the playing XI, as he is planning to announce the final XI ahead of the toss at SCG on Friday.

"He (Lee) had a run yesterday and his toe pulled up particularly well," Ponting said.Ponting, who quit as captain after the World Cup is leading the side again since Michael Clarke was ruled out of the tie against Sri Lanka following a hamstring strain, has however said, he had no aspirations to become the captain beyond one match.

"I want to make it very clear this is Michael Clarke's team, that I'm just stepping up to look after for a couple of days," he told reporters.

"Everyone knows my appointment's been made for hopefully only Friday.

"Hopefully Michael comes up for Sunday's game, so really this is just about taking over Michael's team and leading the team well and hopefully getting the result the team's after."

Though appointing him as captain has raised quite a few eyebrows, Ponting has dealt it very well as he clears the air with this statement giving no room for debate.


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