4 Sep 2008

Lee "absolutely" ready to play in India

3:32 pm on 4 September 2008

The Australian fast bowler Brett Lee says he is "absolutely" available and ready to play Test cricket in India next month despite the recent break-up of his marriage.

Lee spent time with his teammates today for the first time since he split with his wife of two years, Liz Kemp, last month.

He's sitting out the one-day series against Bangladesh after being given time off to deal with his marriage breakdown, but says he's ready for selection for the four Tests against India.

His availability for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy defence is a big boost for Australia, after the all-rounder Andrew Symonds was sent home from Darwin last weekend for disciplinary reasons.

Symonds is considering his future in the international game.