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Lee sets sights on New Zealand Twenty20

Cricinfo staff

August 26, 2010

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Brett Lee runs in to bowl at a practice session, Brisbane, April 22, 2010
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A group of Australian limited-overs specialists including Brett Lee could be crossing the ditch to New Zealand to play in its Twenty20 league this summer. Lee no longer appears in whites for Australia or New South Wales so is chasing extra games to keep him in touch for his domestic duties and any international calls.

New Zealand's Twenty20 tournament is in December while Australia's Big Bash is mostly in January, meaning there could be a trade of talent across the Tasman. Nathan Bracken has approached New South Wales to see if he can join a provincial team while it is believed Wellington and Canterbury are interested in Lee. The obvious problem is that the players would be unable to turn out for their home sides and the overseas team.

Last summer Daniel Vettori (Queensland) and Ross Taylor (Victoria) made cameos in the Big Bash while Brendon McCullum represented New South Wales once the previous season. Playing in two tournaments also increases the cricketers' chances of winning a spot in the annual Champions League Twenty20.

Michael Brown, Cricket Australia's general manager of cricket, said he was ready for the moves if there was room in the programme. "The first priority for an Australian player is here, and even with players on the periphery the selectors might want them here, but subject to those things we are open to it," he said in the Australian. "Subject to everybody being okay with it I can't see too many negatives."

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Posted by NBRADEE on (August 27, 2010, 12:14 GMT)

Nick Swanson, I have a cold Carib beer back in Trinidad for you mate - I agree with you completely!!! Keiron Pollard plays in every major T20 domestic competition bar the Pro20 in South Africa, as well as Dwayne Bravo (and these guys are not ever really good in any format!). While I really wouldn't like cricket to go the way of football with the biggest money teams having all the best players no matter where they (the players) come from, there is emotional buy in for the fans! Moreover, it can and will eventually end up with one player having the opportunity to play for any team making it to the CL T20, which is good for that player only, and not for the other teams or their fans!

Money will kill cricket faster than anyting else...

Posted by boris6491 on (August 27, 2010, 8:37 GMT)

Its great that Brett has not given up on his ambition to regain his place in the Australian limited overs outfit. On song, he is one of the best bowlers we have and to have him in the squad in good form for next year's world cup will be a massive boost to the Australian squad.

Posted by   on (August 27, 2010, 5:20 GMT)

I hope he comes to play for Auckland! That would be a treat ;)

Posted by   on (August 26, 2010, 21:45 GMT)

What a mess. Cricket needs to get it's club system down so it's not the same 30 players playing in every tournement.

Posted by Luke77 on (August 26, 2010, 21:38 GMT)

Would actually like to see some more combined tournaments with Aus and NZ teams. Eg North Island and South Island into the Australian 1st class comp. This could only improve the NZ Test standard and ultimately be beneficial to Test cricket.

Posted by StarveTheLizard on (August 26, 2010, 14:22 GMT)

This is an excellent way for the best players to continue to entertain us after they have outlived their Test days.

Posted by   on (August 26, 2010, 9:22 GMT)

Woahhhhhh.... Cant wait 2 see Bracken back in the Aussie colours... How bout this, Bracken, Harris, Johnson, Brett Lee, Bollinger????

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