Split in Oz camp over whether Lee should play fourth Ashes Test

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Yorkshire (UK), Aug.6 (ANI): Australian fast bowler Brett Lee has declared himself "100 percent" fit for tomorrow's fourth Ashes Test at the Headingly cricket ground here, but fellow all-rounder Shane Watson believes that he is not, though he would love for him to play.

Watson, who has had a long catalogue of injuries, believes Lee would need to get through a tour game before having the confidence to get through a five-day Test.

"I know from my experience coming back from a side injury, or an injury in general, that you normally need at least probably one game under your belt to be able to have a big crack out in a game, before you actually get into a Test match," the Daily Telegraph quoted Watson, as saying.

"At the moment there is probably less chance of him (Lee) being picked because of that reason. He is still probably a game away to get under his belt before he might be in calculations for selection. I'm not a selector, but that's my feeling as to where he is at," he added.

However, Lee claimed he would find it hard to comprehend if he was not picked for tomorrow's Test.

Asked if he could understand if selectors were nervous about picking him, Lee replied: "Not really. My pace feels really good and I'm 100 percent ready to go. I've been bowling for two weeks. I've bowled eight days straight. Most days I have been bowling back-to-back so morning and afternoon sessions. Hopefully, I have done everything I can to prove that I'm ready to go."

"I am confident that if I am called upon I would be able to get through. I have done the preparation, it's been a minor setback over the last few weeks. I have passed that and I'm finally OK. I've been through a lot worse. All I can do is prove that I'm ready to go," he added.

It is understood that the selectors are keen to rest Lee for another Test and bring him back fit and firing for the fifth Test at The Oval. (ANI)

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