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Lee available for Test series against India

Melbourne, Sep 4 : Australian fast bowler Brett Lee has said that he is available and ready to play Test cricket in India next month despite recent break-up of his marriage.

Lee spent time with his teammates today for the first time since he split with his wife, Liz Kemp, last month.

Lee is sitting out the one-day series against Bangladesh after being given time off to deal with his marriage breakdown, but he declared himself ready for selection for the four Tests against India.

"Absolutely. I'm looking forward to it. Can't wait," the Daily Telegraph quoted Lee, as saying.

Lee said it had worked well spending time away from the game, and he was looking forward to achieving his long-held ambition of playing a Test match in India.

"That's something that's been burning inside of me for a long period of time now, so I'll be looking forward to getting over there," he said.

"The crowds are brilliant, the people are so friendly and lovely. It's a tough place to play cricket but also one that is very enjoyable," he added.

Lee took part in Australia's light recovery session, comprising kicking footballs around, following the side's win over Bangladesh in yesterday's second one-day match.

Lee's availability for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy defence is a major boost for Australia's planning, given the likely absence of allrounder Andrew Symonds.

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Story first published: Thursday, September 4, 2008, 12:12 [IST]
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