Lee would not be rushed back: Nielsen

Updated: 11 April 2009 09:38 IST

Brett Lee might have been included in the Australian cricket squad for the ODI series against Pakistan.

Melbourne:

Brett Lee might have been included in the Australian cricket squad for the ODI series against Pakistan but the injury-prone speedster would not be rushed back into the playing XI, says coach Tim Nielsen.

Lee, who has had four surgeries on his right ankle - the latest in January - has been included in the Australian side for the five-match series against Pakistan starting April 22 in Dubai.

"We'll take the opportunity to sit down and have a chat with him and see how he's going and make sure we understand where he's at with his bowling and how he's going with his body," Nielsen was quoted as saying by the Australian Associated Press (AAP), a news agency.

"But we can't afford to rush him back, either. We need the best plan of attack on his rehab and making sure his body is right before he starts trying to bowl flat out for Australia again," he added.

Lee is currently in Johannesburg training with his Indian Premier League side Kings XI Punjab but after getting the national call-up, he is expected to leave for Dubai.

"We need to be patient and give him the time to work through what he has got to do, bowling properly and going flat out again versus the impatience of wanting him back around the group and looking forward to having a quality bowler back," he said.

Topics : Cricket
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