Brisbane, Nov 18 (UNI) Australian pace spearhead Brett Lee has revealed that he was down with food poisoning during the recently concluded tour of India which led to his below-par performance.
The world champions were beaten 2-0 in the four-Test series and Lee admitted that his off-colour display contributed to the debacle.
The speedster claimed just eight wickets at average of 61 and was clearly lacking the usual edge in his bowling.
Lee, who lost five kgs during the tour, had complained of severe nausea and was so ill during the fourth Test in Nagpur that he was put on a drip.
''We suspect it was food poisoning I was suffering from in India and I didn't feel that great,'' Lee was quoted as saying by the 'Herald Sun'.
''I wasn't happy with the way I bowled in India, especially during the first two Tests, and I was a bit off the boil,'' he added.
The 32-year-old asserted that he has since recovered both his health and form and is ready to lead the Aussie pace attack during the first Test against Trans-Tasmanian rivals New Zealand which starts at the Gabba on Thursday.
''The body felt amazing at training and it's nice to have everything ticking over again. I'm confident and ready to go,'' he said. ''But it's good to be back in Australia and I feel fighting fit.'' The Gabba Test will be crucial for Lee as he is eyeing an entry into Australia's elite 300-Test wicket club. He is on 297 Test wickets at the moment.
''My first priority isn't to break records but I would be proud and pleased to achieve 300 Test wickets,'' Lee stated.
''Hopefully it can happen this week.'' UNI XC AB RN1200