It will certainly be a selection headache for Australia when they pick their bowling attack for the first Ashes Test with Hazlewood now fit and available for selection. Lee told Nine Today, ‘It’s a puzzle, isn’t it? I’m a big Hazlewood fan, and so is Mitchell Starc. The team has done so well that they have put themselves in a position where you have to take one person out. Which is heartbreaking for any bowler. I guess you go to Scott Boland. So you can’t ignore Scott Boland in those circumstances.
He said, ‘Hazlewood was injured. The way Scott Boland has bowled in Australia, but even in these (England) conditions, he is fit to open, so I would go with Scott Boland. Notably, Australia have not been able to win an Ashes series away from home since 2001, when Lee was part of a formidable bowling attack that included Glenn McGrath, Jason Gillespie and Shane Warne.
Lee believes Australia can emerge victorious in the upcoming Ashes series but stressed the importance of the first match, saying the first match will be crucial. ‘Edgbaston is important to me. There’s a lot of pressure on the Poms too, because when you think about this whole baseball that they’re playing, if they lose the first Test, the English press will find it very difficult for England. Australia will have to start well.