Out-of-form Lee gets support from coach Cooley

Updated: 24 December 2008 09:58 IST

Brett Lee has got the much-needed support from bowling coach Troy Cooley, who believes he still has lot to offer and would recapture his form soon.

Melbourne:

Off-colour Australian pace spearhead Brett Lee has got the much-needed support from bowling coach Troy Cooley, who believes the speedster still has lot to offer and would recapture his form soon.

Cooley, 43, feels Lee, who struggled for pace and swing at the WACA Ground during the first Test against South Africa in Perth recently, is yet to come out of India series hangover earlier this year.

"Brett is the one the other bowlers in the group look up to. He is a bloke with 300 wickets, is the reigning Allan Border medallist and has a lot of pride and skill. His build-up to India was difficult in terms of his personal life. He had a bit of ground to make up.

"When you're a fast bowler in the modern game, you've got be strong and fit and you can't start a series behind the eight ball, like in India," Cooley was quoted as saying in the 'Canberra Times'.

Lee's disappointing display during the Perth Test has raised the inevitable question whether the the 32-year-old pacer is approaching towards the end of his career.

"With the amount of cricket they're playing, you can't afford those little hiccups. There's not really any time between games to walk away and get things right, and that means you have to try and make up that ground in the middle. You have to do it while you're playing," Cooley insisted.

Cooley also feels Lee is mature enough to decide whether he should bring about any tactical changes in his bowling.

"He matured immensely as a bowler over the last few years, and you saw that how he went about taking 60 wickets last year. He can do whatever he wants to in the game," Cooley said.

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