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Running on fumes, Brett Lee wants to know how much is too much

Written by: Staff

New Delhi, May 2 (UNI) The tank has no petrol left in it and Brett Lee reiterated today that he is running merely on fumes and according to the Australian spearhead, it is high time to monitor the amount of cricket going around to prevent players' burnout.

''As I have told earlier, if you compare the body with a petrol pump, I've run out of petrol and running on fumes. I can say I'm pretty empty,'' Brett Lee told reporters here today.

In the capital as a Timex brand ambassador, the Australian speedster admitted that too much of cricket was leaving lot more cricketers, especially of his tribe, injured.

Though he stopped short of naming the International Cricket Council or the individual boards, the tearaway pacer said, ''Touchwood I'm not having injuries. But I think we should be careful about too much of cricket and monitor how much we play.'' ''Thank God, we got five month's off and I'm here more on a holiday,'' he said.

Lee, meanwhile, seemed enjoying his status as the Australian spearhead in the absence of senior pace colleague Glenn McGrath.

''For the last few months, I have been the strike bowler for Australia and it's simply exciting. It just feels great to bowl with that brand new ball.'' ''I was playing in the ODIs but Test cricket is where one wants to be. It's a great feeling to be part of the Test squad and the team is winning every match since the Ashes,'' he said.

The Ashes defeat against England still hurts and Lee wants to play his part in regaining the urn.

''We want to win back the Ashes, it's as simple as that. It was unfortunate to lose that and I want to help Australia regain it.'' He also refused to buy his former captain Steve Waugh's observation that the Australians were too friendly with the Poms when they lost the Ashes.

''We were not too nice to them on-field. It was controlled aggression and we played in the right spirit of the game. If you go up and talk to a bowler or a fielder, you don't lose aggression.'' ''Waugh is a great man and without him, I wouldn't have been here. When I go back, I'll try to catch up with him.'' He was also tightlipped about Shane Warne's possible comeback in the one day side ahead of World Cup.

''Warnie has shown interest and we have to wait and see.'' Warne, however, has rubbished the reports and said he won't play in the World Cup.

On Sachin Tendulkar, Lee said he had no doubts that the Little Champion, once he recovers from the shoulder operation, would be back to torment the bowlers again.

''He is a fantastic guy with amazing technique. I'm sure that he will be among the runs once he comes back. A cricketer of his genius doesn't have to struggle for runs.'' ''He is a true master of the game and once he gets his arm right, he will be hitting centuries again,'' he said.

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