Hilditch still supports Lee

Melbourne: Chairman of selectors Andrew Hilditch does not see an immediate end to under-fire Brett Lee’s career though he squarely blamed the senior players, including Lee, for letting the team down in the recent past.

Captain Ricky Ponting had questioned Lee’s future after Australia’s humiliating six-wicket loss against South Africa in Perth where the fast bowler took just one wicket in the match.

“There is no doubt he (Lee) is under a bit of pressure. He took one wicket in the game and his pace and swing weren’t there. We expect him to have some impact, particularly with the new ball, and that wasn’t there.

On Matthew Hayden, Hilditch said the broad-shouldered opener was desperately needed by Australia until well into next year. “He’s one of those players we’d not want to lose before the Ashes. That said he’s going through a really rough time, it just couldn’t be going worse for him,” Hilditch said. “We’re all just hoping he’ll get back to his best. — PTI

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