Lee: Australia will improve

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Brett Lee & Ricky Ponting

Brett Lee, left, expects Ricky Ponting's Australia to deliver an improved display in this week's third Ashes Test at the WACA

Former Australia bowler Brett Lee has backed Ricky Ponting’s side to bounce back over the remainder of the Ashes series.

The hosts trail 1-0 after going down by an innings and 71 runs to Andrew Strauss' men in Adelaide following the drawn opener in Brisbane.

But Lee is confident Australia can turn the tide at the WACA when the series resumes on Thursday.

"I think the good thing Australia has got now is that the only way for us is up," said the paceman, who played in four Ashes series between 2001 and 2007.

"I know that England are 1-0 up in the series after two games but we hope that the Australian team can go out there and find some form."

Lee admitted it had been hard to watch his fellow countrymen struggle in the opening two matches.

Australia’s bowlers managed to take just five wickets in Adelaide but Lee felt the recalled Mitchell Johnson would have benefited from time in the nets after his poor showing in Brisbane.

"I caught up with Mitch in Adelaide and he was in a great frame of mind,” Lee added.

“It’s almost like when you know you’re on the verge of being dropped that when you're actually dropped there's a sigh of relief almost because you can go away and try and work on your game and work out how you can get back in [the team].

"I’m sure if he gets his opportunity in Perth - and we hope it's going to be a nice bouncy wicket for the quicks - he can go there and get a bag of wickets."

While ruling out a Test comeback of his own, Lee still feels Shane Warne could do a job for Australia, despite Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland ruling out a return for the 41-year-old spin bowling great.

"With someone like Warnie it's not only his cricketing skills but he's got that presence when he walks on to the field," Lee said.

"He sort of writes his own scripts and he'd be just as likely to go out there and get five wickets.

"Warnie is an excellent figure in Australia. He's a great role model for the cricketers coming through and I'm sure if he was to go back out there and play cricket he would do very, very well."

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