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Brett Lee hopeful he's done enough

16/07/2005 06:24:16 AM Comments (0)

Australian fast bowler Brett Lee is hopeful he has satisfied the request asked of him in his bid to break into the Test side for next week's Ashes opener against England.

Lee took four Leicestershire wickets and sent another county batsman to hospital on day one of the three-day tour match at the Grace Road ground and his figures of 4-53 followed some outstanding one-day form earlier this tour.

His bowling, which included a wicket with the first ball of the match and a blow to the shoulder of batsman John Sadler, helped Australia bowl the Foxes out for 217.

Australia raced to 2-169 in reply, for the loss of Matthew Hayden (75) and Michael Clarke (nine), who failed to capitalise on a promotion up the order.

Justin Langer (71 not out) and Ricky Ponting (six not out) should wipe off Australia's 48-run deficit.

Lee was hopeful he had done enough to play at Lord's next Thursday, having missed the past 17 Tests since January 2004.

"I hope so," he said.

"As I've said all along ... every opportunity that I've got to play for Australia I want to go out there and try and do well, do well for the team first and then hopefully do well personally and get a few wickets.

"We'll have to wait and see come the 21st (of July).

"It would be nice to hear my name read out, but I just want to come to that particular day knowing that I've done everything possible that I can as a cricketer to give myself every chance to play and I think I'm doing that.

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