Lee at breaking point

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Lee The relaxed look, he suggests, is just that. The truth, according to Brett Lee, is that the tight schedule has pushed cricketers to the breaking point.

Joining the worldwide debate on cricket burnout, the Australian pacer, here on a promotional visit, told reporters, “The workload on players has increased due to the cramped international calendar and players are reaching a breaking point.”

On the Australian storm over preserving players for the Ashes at home at the cost of the October Champions Trophy in India, Lee said, I had love to come to the sub-continent and want to play the Champions Trophy, but only if I am fully fit… If you compare it to a petrol tank, the last two months I have been on fumes. The tank has been empty.

Lee added, “We always want to look at the next game on hand. The Champions Trophy is next in line, and then we have the Ashes. We will look at it one match at a time. The Ashes was with us for 18 years, till we lost it last time. Of course, we want to win it back,” he said.

However, the immediate priority, the 29-year-old said, is his marriage next month to girlfriend Liz Kemp.

Sporting a straight face, Lee then shrugged off his disappointment at Australia not being able to host the 2011 World Cup and congratulated Asia for clinching the bid. “Hopefully, I would be around till 2015 (when Australia/New Zealand would host the meet). It is a long way off, but I am sure the Indians will do a very good job,” said Lee.

Source:India Sports

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