Sydney, Oct 28 : Former Aussie bowler Shane Warne has said that fast bowler Bret Lee, who is going through a lean patch against India with just four wickets at an average of 59.25 in first two Tests, would be facing a tough task during the third Test beginning in New Delhi tomorrow, especially after his recent divorce from wife Liz.
Lee had split from Liz in August.
Though doubting that the split was having a major impact on Lee's bowling, Warne said: "It's always very difficult. You've got to be pretty strong mentally to be able to perform on the field and then deal with your issues off the field on the personal side of things. It's the toughest thing you have to go through, really, in your life."
Offering counseling to Lee, the ex-leg-spinner and one time top world bowler said: "It is very difficult and I feel for him and I'm here if needed to chat about anything at any time. Just give us a ring."
Warne advised Lee that the key to perform under pressure was to remain "totally focused on the game". "It's obviously a tough time to go through for anyone, let alone being in the public spotlight when you're out there trying to do the best you can for your country as well," he said.
"I struggled at times with it but I managed to keep my focus on the field and make 250 runs and take 40 wickets in 2005 and I'm pretty proud of that achievement even though we lost, which is a shame," the Daily Telegraph quoted him as saying in Sydney.
He added: "He's bowling OK without much luck at the moment, I'm sure if he keeps bowling the way he is it will turn around for him. He's a senior player, he needs to stand up this game, like Ricky (Ponting) and Matthew Hayden and Michael Clarke."
Story first published: Tuesday, October 28, 2008, 12:19 [IST]
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