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Lee won't back down

Sportal December 28, 2012, 3:33 pm
Brett Lee

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Brett Lee says he welcomes a meeting with Cricket New South Wales officials after he was charged by the governing body for derogatory comments against chief executive Dave Gilbert.

Lee has found himself in hot water for telling the ''Sydney Morning Herald'' that Gilbert - not NSW coach Anthony Stuart - should have been sacked for the Blues struggles in recent seasons.

The former Test fast bowler believes Stuart, who was sacked just over midway through his two-year deal, was made a scapegoat for issues in state cricket but believes problems lie much higher up.

"There's a lot of people that probably thought it, but wouldn't say it, so I took the leadership to stand up," Lee said on Channel Nine's ''The Cricket Show'' on Friday.

"I believe they should start right from the top and that's why I mentioned David Gilbert.

"There are a lot of changes that need to happen to improve NSW Cricket."

Lee will face a code of behaviour hearing in front of a Cricket Australia-appointed commissioner at the CNSW offices early in the New Year.

"I'm actually looking forward to it (the hearing) because I can then express my views and the reasons why I said this," he said.

"I said it out of the kindness of my own heart, I want to see NSW Cricket strong again, and I just believe it's fallen off the pace a bit."

Lee decided to speak out against NSW chiefs due to a number of issues that have been brewing over the last couple of seasons.

It started with Trevor Bayliss being overlooked as head coach in favour of Stuart, with the Blues struggling on the field over the last couple of seasons.

The growing discontent also resulted in exciting young Australian players Usman Khawaja and Phillip Hughes both moving interstate for fresh opportunities.

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