It`s a matter of playing through pain barrier: Lee

Brisbane: Written off a fortnight ago due to a broken toe, express bowler Brett Lee now insists he will play through the pain barrier as he approaches Glenn McGrath`s record as Australia`s top one-day wicket-taker.

The toe injury had ruled him out for almost two months, but Lee surprised everyone by making a stunning comeback, which included figures of three for 49 in the tri-series match against Australia at the Gabba on Sunday.

And the 35-year-old pacer, who clocked nearly 150kph during his hostile spell at the Gabba, is in no mood to rest his toe.

With 361 wickets to his name, Lee is now just 19 behind former new-ball partner McGrath.

"I`m not keen to rest, period. I`ve had enough rest in my life (due to injuries) and I`ll rest when I finally hang the boots up.”

"I think that with my toe, it`s very painful but you find a way to play through it and I think I`m past the worst of it. It`s going to get better as each game goes on," Lee said.

Lee`s initial prognosis after being struck on the right foot from a full-blooded straight drive in a Twenty20 international had ruled him out for six-eight weeks.

"It`s amazing what you can do when you have a chance to play for your country.”

"As long as I can`t do any further damage, it`s a matter of playing through that pain barrier," he said.

While the economical McGrath took his 380 wickets in 249 matches at an average of 21.98, Lee`s 361 scalps in 207 matches have come at 22.89 at a superior strike-rate of a wicket every 29 balls.


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