20 Feb 2012

Lee defies pain as McGrath one day cricket record nears

7:26 pm on 20 February 2012

Cricketer Brett Lee insists he'll play through the pain barrier as he approaches Glenn McGrath's record as Australia's top one-day wicket-taker.

Lee's season, and possibly career, was being written off a fortnight ago when he was ruled out for almost two month's with a broken toe.

But now, assured he can't do any further damage, the 35-year-old quick is in no mood to rest after putting intense pain to one side as he combined with Ben Hilfenhaus to rip through India's top order in last night's tri-series clash in Brisbane.

Lee hit speeds approaching 150 kilometres per hour and gained good swing and bounce to finish with 3-49 from 10 overs as he took his career tally to 361 wickets, 19 behind former new-ball partner McGrath.

With three more matches before the tri-series finals, McGrath's record is unlikely to fall this month in Australia but Lee could eclipse the mark on the upcoming tour of the West Indies.