Lee may be called on to lead Australian ODI attack

Sydney: Veteran speedster Brett Lee is shaping up as the possible first-choice candidate to lead Australia`s pace attack in the upcoming tri-series also featuring India and Sri Lanka.

Lee, 35, is the only pacer who will approach next month`s two T20 internationals and tri-series for Australia fully fit and without having endured the workload that comes with Test cricket.

Lee missed the South African one-dayers and T20s late last year because of appendicitis, but on Friday declared himself ready for immediate action.

"I`d love to lead the Australian attack," Lee was quoted as saying by a leading daily.

"We`ve got some serious depth now and there are guys doing well in Test cricket, but I just hope I can keep my form I`ve had the last 12 or 13 years and that my record speaks for itself. I`ll go out, try to do the business and be a leader for a few of the younger guys coming through," the veteran of 76 Tests and 205 ODIs said.

While the Test attack finally looks settled, it appears a different story in the shorter forms of the game.

Young speedster James Pattinson is out of the Test series and looks a doubtful starter for the ODI series.

Ryan Harris is back up and running but injury-prone, while Pat Cummins (foot) and Doug Bollinger (hamstring), who felt a fresh twinge while playing with his daughter at home last week, are also racing the clock to return.