Ruled out for over a month due to a broken toe, Australian pacer Brett Lee could make a stunning early comeback in the ongoing ODI tri-series against India and Sri Lanka this week itself.
Lee was expected to be out for six weeks after breaking the little toe on his right foot after stopping a powerful shot by Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni during Australia's Twenty20 loss to India in Melbourne on February 3.
But the 35-year-old said he is ready to push the pain threshold and stage an early comeback.
"The way I explain it is by saying there is a crack in the toe. It's fractured, but I'm told if you're going to have that happen to you the little toe is the best one to break," Lee told 'Sydney Morning Herald'
"I'm striving to be back for the game in Sydney (against Sri Lanka on Friday), I'm doing everything I possibly can to play. I've (played with pain) on numerous occasions and I know I can play with a broken toe.
"People asked how I played with my toe split in half at the MCG, but you do these things when you play for your country. In terms of (my) pain threshold I've played a lot of games in pain ... the reason I took time off was to ensure there wasn't any long-term damage to the toe," he explained.
Lee said the early return would not hamper his speed and he would manage to send down deliveries at over 150kph.
"There was a ball in I delivered in the Twenty20 (in Melbourne) which may've surprised a lot of people because I think some of them didn't believe I could break 150km/h at my age.
"To hit 151 or 152 or whatever it felt great," Lee said.