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Lee targets World Cup swansong

Brett Lee runs in to bowl Getty Images

Brett Lee's career is on the rocks due to a series of injuries but he has set his sights on continuing till next year's World Cup in the subcontinent. Lee has not turned out for Australia in more than eight months and retired from Tests earlier this year in a bid to prolong his career.

"To me a World Cup in India in 2011, because of my love for India and the stuff I do over there, it would be a great way to finish, I would have thought," AAP quoted Lee as saying.

He missed last year's Ashes due to a side strain, and had been worried he couldn't ever bowl again after an elbow surgery last December. Lee also broke his thumb four matches into his comeback during the IPL, before a muscle strain in his forearm forced him to sit out the World Twenty20.

Despite the many setbacks and the impressive performances of newcomers like Doug Bollinger and Ryan Harris on the international stage, Lee said his career wasn't over. He said his fitness was at a level that made him consider trying to play in the recent ODI series in England.

"I've been training hard and I probably could have pushed to go over to England, but I thought I wanted to get a really good base behind me and get some stuff done in the gym and get my fitness up to a level that I'm very happy with," he said. "Then looking forward to probably the next two to three months to do a comeback and sort of take it from there."

Australia's next limited-overs assignment is on a tour of India in October.