Good news for Lee on Ashes tour chances
MELBOURNE, Australia, March 9 (AFP) - Australian captain Steve Waugh is likely to be able to unleash his fast bowling dream team on
England after Brett Lee received positive news Friday on his injured elbow.
Lee, 24, was told by his specialist that his right elbow was progressing so well after surgery that he should be back bowling in the nets within
The Australian team, currently in India, leaves for the Ashes tour on May 26.
Waugh has regularly said that Glenn McGrath, Jason Gillespie and Lee potentially form Australia's greatest-ever pace attack, but injuries to
Lee and Gillespie have resulted in them rarely playing together.
Lee damaged his right elbow when throwing from the boundary during a one-day match against Zimbabwe in Perth on February 4, ruling him
out of the tour of India.
He had the medial and flexor tendons repaired and the surgeon also corrected an earlier bone injury that had never healed properly.
The bone was reattached with two screws, while a bone graft from his hip was inserted to assist healing.
"The news couldn't be better -- it's very positive, hopefully I'll be back bowling in the next month or so," Lee said here Friday.
"That's great news for me, it's one of those things we thought could have been anywhere from three to six months.
"I'm certainly not going to go flat out from ball one," the lanky paceman said.
"It's going to be a slow, steady approach, easing back into things in the nets and making sure the body feels good.
"Having not bowled for the last couple of months it takes a while for the body to warm up."
In his short international career, Lee has claimed 42 Test wickets at an average of 16.07.