Australian news October 7, 2010

Brett Lee targets return against Sri Lanka

ESPNcricinfo staff

Brett Lee hopes to be in contention for Australia's limited-overs series against Sri Lanka later this month, despite his decision to sit out of New South Wales' opening Ryobi Cup game this weekend. Lee has been troubled by injuries all year but is aiming to be part of Australia's World Cup defence in February.

The Blues begin their season with a one-day game against South Australia in Adelaide on Saturday, and the match will mark the return of Brad Haddin to state cricket after a long lay-off due to an elbow injury. But Lee has chosen instead to make a more low-key start to his summer by playing in Sydney's grade cricket.

"Obviously I didn't want to go straight back in for the Blues this weekend, I thought it would be nice to ease into a grade game, and I mean that with all due respect," Lee told the ABC. "But I'll be trying to play a couple of one-dayers for the Blues over the next couple of weeks, with the look to try and play against Sri Lanka coming towards the end of this month."

Haddin will take the gloves for both the Ryobi Cup game and the Sheffield Shield match that follows two days later, with his sights set firmly on returning to the baggy green for the Ashes opener at the Gabba in late November. Australia's first-choice wicketkeeper has been out of action since May, but he made a positive comeback for the New South Wales Second XI this week.

He will be joined in the New South Wales side by the uncapped opener Nic Maddinson, who has been named in both squads. Maddinson, 18, was part of Australia's winning Under-19 World Cup side earlier this year and earned a Blues rookie contract during the off-season, and could win a Sheffield Shield debut with David Warner unavailable due to his ODI call-up for the series in India.

Another potential debutant is the allrounder Sean Abbott, also 18, who scored a century for the New South Wales Futures League side last week. The Blues will also welcome back the fast bowler Mark Cameron, who missed all of last season with a back injury and has not played for his state since February 2009.

There could also be a return for another fast man, Scott Coyte, who last played for the Blues in a Twenty20 game in January 2008. South Australia's one-day squad includes their off-season acquisitions Aiden Blizzard, the former Victoria batsman, and the fast bowler Ben Edmondson, who has moved from Western Australia.

NSW Ryobi Cup squad Phil Jaques, David Warner, Nic Maddinson, Usman Khawaja, Ben Rohrer, Brad Haddin (wk), Moises Henriques, Steve O'Keefe, Sean Abbott, Stuart Clark (capt), Mark Cameron, Trent Copeland, Scott Coyte.

NSW Sheffield Shield squad Phil Jaques, Nic Maddinson, Usman Khawaja, Peter Forrest, Ben Rohrer, Brad Haddin (wk), Moises Henriques, Steve O'Keefe, Sean Abbott, Stuart Clark (capt), Trent Copeland, Scott Coyte.

South Australia Ryobi Cup squad Michael Klinger (capt), Daniel Harris, Tom Cooper, Aiden Blizzard, Callum Ferguson, Cameron Borgas, Graham Manou (wk), Daniel Christian, Aaron O'Brien, Kane Richardson, Chris Duval, Ben Edmondson, Gary Putland.

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  • S.shah on October 10, 2010, 16:22 GMT

    Sri Lanka will whitewash australia 3-0

  • Vishwanath on October 9, 2010, 8:03 GMT

    i hope he doesn't make it, because i don't think our sri lankan batsman stand a chance! hahaha. it'd be easier for us without him.

  • Suraj on October 8, 2010, 13:10 GMT

    Would love to see you in the team for WC,Bret... my wishes are with u

  • Andrew on October 8, 2010, 8:52 GMT

    @Seers - too true. Lee IS the greatest ODI bowler of all time in terms of strike rate, (although I think Bond would of rivalled if he had played more games). Nobody has a strike rate as good as Lee who's taken over 100 ODI wickets. If Lee is fit he should be selected until form states he is not good enough. The advantage of selecting Lee is that it takes the pressure off all the top line Oz bowlers who are playing tests, ODI's & T20s. In T20s a pace attack comprising Lee, Tait, Johnson & Nannes, with Smith & Watson would take out the next world cup. In ODIs - Bollinger, Johnson, Harris, Hilfenhaas with Lee & posibly Tait should should be a good attack to take to the World Cup. As for Haddin, he is still the premier Keeper/Batsman in Oz. I am confident that with Paine, Hartley & Croswaithe in the wings (Manou as well), this position is covered.

  • Tim on October 8, 2010, 3:47 GMT

    If his form warrents and he is fit, why shouldnt he be given a crack? He has announced that he is putting his hand up for selection so that should be the end of it. If he is fit and taking wickets he deserves a call up to the Australian squad, just like any other bowler in domestic cricket.

  • Arnab on October 8, 2010, 2:22 GMT

    i think he would be one of the first names put down on a list of all time great one day bowlers, his ability to take wickets at almost any point in the innings is a truly remarkable and rare asset. with tait out injured this is lee's chance to lead the attack the young guys mentioned thus far have hardly played ODI cricket and will not be blooded just before a WC.. harris lee tait johnson bollinger should lead us in Asia!

  • Matt on October 7, 2010, 10:51 GMT

    Brett Lee is the best attacking ODI bowler ever for Australia over a long period and in fact one of the best ever in the world (records back that up too). Lillee may have been as good but never played that many ODIs. McGrath and Bracken are the best two in terms of economy (noting that some of the earlier Aust bowlers played in more bowling friendly conditions when run rates were much less). The point with Lee though is that if he wants to play and thinks he's ready, then let him play. None of the current crop come anywhere near him, especially some of those mentioned like Siddle, Hilfenahaus, Pattinson, Feldman and Hastings. Siddle and Hifenhaus have done little with the chances they've been given and the others have proven nothing yet. At this stage, those lot are hardly worthy of shing the ball for Lee. Bracken and Clark are better than those lot too. Age should not matter as it doesn't with batting. Lee and Clark proved they still had it in last years 20/20 Champions League too.

  • Dummy4 on October 7, 2010, 9:44 GMT

    This is Brett's very last chance to cause some fireworks in the shorter version of the game!.. If he gets injured again he might as well hang up his boots...

  • Dummy4 on October 7, 2010, 8:58 GMT

    Lee will be a definite treat for Sri lanka batsmen, but Australia's current bowling line is better to serve.

  • Runster on October 7, 2010, 8:01 GMT

    Brett Lee is a great player and sportsman. show much better respect towards others: unlike andrew symonds and hayden.

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