The Ashes 2005 August 30, 2005

Lee freshens up

Cricinfo staff



Brett Lee's glee turned to disappointment at Trent Bridge © Getty Images

Brett Lee says Australia will spend a few days "taking the pressure off" before Saturday's tour game against Essex at Chelmsford. Australia, who narrowly lost the fourth Test on Sunday and are behind 2-1 in the series, will have two days in London before starting their preparation for the final Test at The Oval starting on September 8.

Lee said the team was very upset and disappointed to lose by three wickets after "a very tough four days" at Trent Bridge. "We can't reflect over what's happened in the past too much," he told AAP. "We can have a few days away from cricket, we can enjoy it and have a game of golf. Do whatever takes the pressure off."

Since returning to the Test side at Lord's, Lee has made valuable contributions with 152 runs at 30.40, including being not out at the end of the second and third Tests, and 19 wickets at 33.68. "Physically it's been a tough four days, it's been a tough four months," he said. "It's a matter now of going to freshen up."