Lee's scorcher stokes flame

2011-11-04 13:51

Cape Town – It appears former Australian Test fast bowler, Brett Lee has opened old wounds after the launch of his autobiography, “My Life”.

Lee launched the book in Sydney after missing the recent ODI series against the Proteas because of appendicitis, still hopes that his New South Wales team mate and captain, Simon Katich will once again don the baggy green.

This comes after Katich publicly made note of his frustration at not being afforded another contract with Cricket Australia, blaming his infamous row with current Test captain Michael Clarke.

“If circumstances were different, he would have made a great Test skipper. His leadership was brilliant. Plus, he remains a top person. If you can't get on with 'Katto', you must be an ordinary bloke. Period,” Lee wrote of Katich, who he played under at provincial level.

It was alleged that Katich grabbed Clarke by the throat after latter wanted to leave a team function early before the singing of the customary team song, “Under the Southern Cross I stand”, sung after every Test victory, after they beat South Africa in Sydney in 2009.

However, Lee has put his full support behind the 36-year-old opener and insists that his altercation with Clarke has been put behind them.

However, Katich may still come under fire as CA are conducting a disciplinary hearing over his latest rant, but Lee maintains that there is nothing sinister about Katich, despite Clarke saying that Kattich's inclusion could potetntially rock the boat.

“Katto's a great bloke,” Lee said on the Sydney Morning Herald’s website.

''It's sad that he is not playing cricket for Australia at this particular time. But what I will say as well is that I do get on very well with Michael Clarke. I've been impressed by the way that Michael Clarke has taken over the captaincy. But this guy down here [pointing to Katich] is a wonderful bloke also. I do hope he can get back in the Aussie cricket team.''

Lee, who has 310 scalps in his 76 Tests said that he would like to see the matter settled once and for all, but ruled himself out of any peace making between his team mates.

''I don't think it's for me to get involved in all that type of stuff. In sport and in business, I'm sure that every person does not get on as best of mates. When you spend 300 days away with a team there always will be small issues but you just sort them out.''