Lee may be rested during ODI tri-series to avoid burnout

February 5th, 2008 - 2:27 pm ICT by admin  

Sydney, Feb.5 (ANI): Australia will look to rest pace bowler Brett Lee during the one-day tri-series so that he does not get worn out.
With pacer Shaun Tait taking indefinite leave to deal with physical and psychological stress, Australian coach Tim Nielsen said it was important Lee was rested after an arduous start to the season.
Following Sunday night’s washout against India, Lee hinted he would be ready for a break after Friday’s match against Sri Lanka, no surprise considering he has played non-stop since late September.
“I have bowled a lot of balls this summer and my workload has increased a fair bit,” Lee said.
Nielsen said Lee’s leadership and role in Australia’s bowling arsenal was crucial, but that keeping him fresh was a more important factor.
“His resilience has been outstanding, he is in such a great vein of form,” the coach told the Sydney Morning Herald last night.
“He has played a massive part in our team, he has been brilliant for us all summer. He has bowled long spells, aggressive spells. We are certainly conscious of the fact Brett has worked hard. We will need to sit down and choose a time [to rest him] which suits Brett and the team. It is important that he is fresh and going well,” Nielsen added.
Meanwhile, Australia’s proposed tour of Pakistan is in further doubt following the bomb blast outside the General Headquarters in Rawalpindi on Monday. At least five were killed when a bomber, strapped with explosives, ploughed his motorcycle into an army bus carrying several people.
Cricket Australia chairman Creagh O’Connor is set to receive a proposed tour schedule from his Pakistani counterpart, Nasim Ashraf, in Dubai today.
Nielsen said he had “complete faith” in CA’s security assessment process. (ANI)

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