Sydney: Fast bowler Brett Lee has dismissed any chance of an emergency return to Test cricket to inject a lethal sting into Australia’s maligned Ashes attack.
Lee, who had retired from the longer version of the game to focus on the one-day and Twenty20 arenas, has regained his groove by rediscovering his frightening pace in the domestic circuit.
When asked if he would volunteer for one last Test campaign, Lee said: “I’m like Harvey Norman, mate - I have no interest. I have definitely hung up those boots and I am happy to stand by my decision.”
“I’m very happy with all I’ve achieved in Test cricket. I played in a great era with some great players. I possibly could’ve had another year of Test cricket, but that wouldn’t have been good for me in the long term,” a newspaper quoted Lee, as saying.
“I still have goals, one of which is to play in the World Cup in India. That is very important to me,” he added.
The 34-year-old, who was overlooked for last month’s one-day series against Sri Lanka, further insisted that his recent training sessions in India had helped him “change a few things” in his technique.
“I think the four bowling sessions I had in India, under extreme conditions with the heat and playing on a slower wicket, has definitely helped. I feel like my pace is back to its best. In the [limited-overs] match against Western Australia last week I changed a few things as a result of my time in India,” Lee said.
“While I was there I saw a some footage taken of me during the 2003 World Cup and I felt as if I was running in a lot quicker then than what I had been recently. Flicking on some old footage can be good for a player because it shows you things,” he added.