Warne sympathises with Lee

October 27th, 2008 - 10:18 pm ICT by IANS  

Sydney, Oct 27 (IANS) As Australian pace spearhead Brett Lee battles poor form on Indian tour following his broken marriage, he has found sympathy from spin wizard Shane Warne.Warne is confident that Lee, who split from his wife Liz in August, can revive his fortunes with the ball during the crucial third Test in Delhi from Wednesday. Australia trail 0-1 in the four-match Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

“It’s obviously a tough time to go through for anyone, let alone being in the public spotlight when you’re out there trying to do the best you can for your country as well,” Warne was quoted as saying by the Daily Telegraph.

If Australia wants to level the series in Delhi, Lee’s form will be crucial. But his impact with the ball was limited in the first two Tests, where the fast bowler picked up just four wickets.

“He’s bowling OK without much luck at the moment, I’m sure if he keeps bowling the way, things will turn around for him. He’s a senior player, he needs to step up his game, like Ricky (Ponting) and Matthew Hayden and Michael Clarke.”

Warne said that for Lee, the key to success under pressure was to remain totally focused on the game.

“It’s always very difficult. You’ve got to be pretty strong mentally to be able to perform on the field and then deal with your issues off the field on the personal side of things. It’s the toughest thing you have to go through, really, in your life,” the 39-year-old Victorian said.

“I struggled at times with it but I managed to keep my focus on the field and make 250 runs and take 40 wickets in 2005 and I’m pretty proud of that achievement even though we lost, which is a shame.

“It is very difficult and I feel for him and I’m here, if needed to chat about anything at any time. Just give us a ring.”.

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