Aussies Cricketers Finding It Tough

It hasn’t been a great month for the Australian cricket team; Brett Lee retires.

Robert Whiteby Robert White

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After losing four One Day International games to England without the pleasure of a single win earlier this month, the schedule for the Australian cricket team doesn’t look to get any easier when they will travel to Pakistan next month ahead of the September Twenty20 World Cup.

The Aussies have a bunch of ODI and Twenty20 matches in August and will play in the scorching conditions of Sharjah, Abu Dhabi and Dubai, a far cry for the mild winters of the UK.

The ODI matches have been scheduled to start for much later than normal in an attempt to avoid the ridiculous temperatures experienced in that part of the world. The ODI’s can be expected to finish at about 2am local time.

Australia finished up the short English tour with a number of concerning injuries, plus the retirement of Brett Lee. Young speed bowler Pat Cummins is the latest to go down and it may be due to the fact he’s played nearly as many games for his country as he has for his club side (10 games for Penrith). Vice-captain Shane Watson suffered a calf tear, another injury added to an ever growing list for the 31-year-old, and is just the latest in a number of star studded names out in the past year, some of which include Michael Clarke, James Pattison, Ryan Harris and Peter Siddle.

Brett Lee called it quits on his international career midweek after also suffering a fresh injury. He debuted in his first Test match some 13 years ago. The 35-year-old Lee stated that his desire to compete at the top level was wearing thin.

"I think personally in a team environment you have to have 100% commitment – mentally and physically, " he said.

"And I guess looking at the next few months I just didn't have that desire any more."