(CNN) -- Australian fast bowler Brett Lee plans to take a break from cricket in an attempt to cure the injury problems that have cast doubts over his future.
The paceman missed the tour of South Africa and the Ashes this year through injuries and on Sunday suffered a recurrence of a persistent elbow problem that will keep him out for up to 12 weeks.
The 33-year-old will now take specialist advice and plans to take time off from the sport before making any decision over his future.
"I need to get away from the game, get this (elbow) right and then I'll make a call on my future," he told a press conference on Tuesday.
"I'm getting a second and third opinion over the next 24 to 48 hours to find out exactly what the problem is and then I'll reassess things."
Lee has played 76 Tests and claimed 310 wickets but has not played a Test match since December 2008.
Lee is aware of the toll the sport has taken on his body but is confident of a return for Australia.
"I play very hard, I play very fair but when you try to bowl 155 (kilometers per hour) for over 16, 17 years there's a lot of wear and tear on the body," he said
"I always give it my best, always give 100 percent, always try my hardest and that's the reason and the way I play my game."
"But the love is definitely still there, I've still got that burning ambition and desire to keep actually doing things for Australia."