Lee 'can't wait' for Pura Cup final
There is not much Brett Lee has failed to achieve this summer. He was a key man in Australia's record-equalling 16 consecutive Test wins, was Player of the Series against both India and Sri Lanka, and collected his first Allan Border Medal. But to really cap off his outstanding season, Lee is desperate to deliver the Pura Cup to New South Wales.
The Blues have won the title twice during Lee's career but because of his higher commitments this is the first opportunity he has had to take part in a decider. Lee recalls watching his brother Shane play in domestic finals and he said beating Victoria in the match that starts on Saturday at the SCG would be extra special.
"I've played in one-day internationals and in Tests around the world," Lee told the Daily Telegraph. "But to get the chance to play in a Pura Cup final, and the chance to play for the team where it all started, I can't wait.
"The Vics are a team you love to hate. They're a good bunch of guys, but you hate losing to them. They've been in good form and I'm looking forward to the final. They're a strong side."
Lee is the spearhead in a Test-quality New South Wales pace attack that also features Stuart Clark and Nathan Bracken, while the spin option is provided by Stuart MacGill. Despite expectations the SCG pitch will offer plenty of turn, MacGill played down talk that the final would be a bowl-off between him and Victoria's Bryce McGain ahead of the Test tour of the West Indies in May.
"If Bryce is the right man for the job, he'll be picked for Australia," MacGill said. "If I'm the right man, I'll be going. The current selectors are very matter-of-fact and if they see a role for me or Bryce or Dan Cullen, then they'll choose me, Bryce or Dan."