Wednesday 5 August 2009 

Lee Is A Game Away From Full Fitness - Watson

Lee Is A Game Away From Full Fitness - Watson
Lee Is A Game Away From Full Fitness - Watson
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Australian all-rounder Shane Watson has told a press conference at Headingley that fast bowler Brett Lee has been bowling at full pace in training but he doesn't believe he is ready to earn a recall for the fourth Test, which starts on Friday (7th August).

Watson, who also added that he has been enjoying the challenge of opening the batting as he did at Edgbaston, said that although Lee was bowling at full pace during Australia's preparation for the fourth Test, he was probably 'a game away' from being fully fit and ready for selection.

"He bowled at full pace which is not the nicest thing to face in the nets, but it's good for him," he said.

"He's probably a game away, he needs that under his belt to be under calculation for selection, but it's good to see him charging along and when he has that really good pace you know he's going to be at this best."

However, Lee was more positive when asked if he was fit and ready to play:

"Yes, 100%," he said. "I do believe I have done the work, I've bowled eight days straight. Most days I've bowled back to back, morning and afternoon sessions.

"Today I bowled practically the whole session and my pace felt really good. I'm 100% ready to go."

Australia have a tour match between the fourth and fifth Tests but they may be keen to press Lee back into action given that they are 1-0 down in the five-match series.

While Lee did train in Leeds,  Michael Clarke (abdominal strain) did not train fully. Clarke has been told to rest and it is understood that he will train tomorrow.

Lee has not featured in the tour since picking up a side strain during the four-day match against the England Lions in July at New Road, Worcester.

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