Sydney, Nov 4 (UNI) Brett Lee fought to ensure that the recent break-up of his marriage did not affect his on-field fortunes and his teammates can't do anything but to admire him for the way he came up for one of the game's most difficult tours so soon after the upheaval in his personal life.
Lee failed to get going in the Bangalore Test and was in a much-publicised row with his Captain Ricky Ponting over the skipper failing to use him during a crucial session in Mohali, the thing that hurt the 31-year-old fast bowler most was the inference his family situation had affected his performances.
''I try to keep to cricket; I don't try to mix things. I take it to heart if someone puts the emotional things in, especially if stuff is written in the paper about my emotional side, so I try to stick to the cricket,'' Lee was quoted as saying by Sydney Morning Herald.
''It has been tough. There's been a lot of things in the last three or four months that have gone on, but I'm here to play cricket and ready to play. I wouldn't have come on this tour if I wasn't ready,'' he added.
Even Ponting dismissed the Bangalore Test confrontation with Lee and said he was pleased with his strike bowler's improved performance in the drawn Test in Delhi, despite a return of three for 167 from 47 overs.
His ball to dismiss Rahul Dravid in the second innings, a fierce inswinging yorker, suggested he was back in his groove.
Lee said hitting the streets of Delhi between the second and third Tests helped him make up for missing the one-day series against Bangladesh.
''Being a fast bowler, especially over here, it's tough work, so definitely that work is paying off,'' he conceded.
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