Australia fast bowler Brett Lee is looking forward to returning to action in the upcoming Indian Premier League.
The 32-year-old has been sidelined since Christmas after undergoing surgery on his troublesome ankle for a fifth time, but is hoping to regain his form and fitness ahead of this summer's Ashes series.
And the strike bowler believes the IPL gives him the perfect opportunity to get back into the swing of things when he represents the Kings XI next month.
"I actually reckon it is ideal," said Lee. "I can bowl four (overs) straight, depending on how the game goes. The way I look at it, it's the perfect lead in - so I'm actually really excited about it.
"That will be my first opportunity to bowl in a competition, so I'll be back bowling (in the) IPL and getting over there and enjoying sub-continent cricket again.
"Everything is going great. The ankle is feeling great, and I'm definitely on schedule."
Lee has been impressed with the young Australian seam attack that has helped the tourists take a 2-0 Test series lead against South Africa, but believes his track record will help him regain his place in the side in time for the trip to England in July.
"I think it's very healthy for Australian cricket," he said. "I always keep a note on what's happening overseas, the guys have been playing extremely well.
"But I know what I have to do and I'm excited. I'm only 32 years of age, so I'm looking forward to getting back on the park.
"I enjoyed my last tour over there (in England). I thought I had a pretty good tour.
"Unfortunately we couldn't come home with the goods, but I've always enjoyed playing in England.
"I've played in two Ashes there, and I will be looking forward to getting back and making the third one even better. I'm just hoping my record speaks for itself."