Aussie coach backs champion Lee to bounce back with a vengeance in Delhi

October 28th, 2008 - 5:09 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, Oct 28 (ANI): Australian coach Troy Cooley has backed Brett Lee to bounce back, calling him a “champion” for his persistence in the ongoing Test matches despite personal strife, which has won him the admiration of the team.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Lees preparations for the tour were harshly interrupted by the break-up of his marriage, but Lee has spent virtually the whole week between the second and third Tests working on his form and fitness in an effort to get up to his optimum speed.

Lee has struggled in India, taking only four wickets in two Tests, and is among the sextet of senior players captain Ricky Ponting says must lift for the third Test match in Delhi from October 29.

Lee has won a great deal of credit for even making it to India in the wake of his personal troubles, said Cooley.

Cooley, who has been with Lee each step of the way, said Lee was intent on leaving an impression at the Feroz Shah Kotla ground, the paper quoted him, as saying.

“Brett’’s been extremely focused and I”m very happy with the way he’’s moved through, obviously dealing with the well-known issues of his life,” said Cooley, adding, “It’’s all credit to him to be able to be here and to be working as hard as he is working. He’’s a champion.”

On Lees expected performance during the third test match, Cooley said his charge was of the highest quality, and that he was backing him to dominate.

“You never know about a champion do you?” he said.

“His preparation’’s been first class and you never know when the champion is going to take the game by the scruff of the neck,” Cooley added. (ANI)

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