SYDNEY (Agencies) - Brett Lee is the latest to add his support to a campaign to get the retired king of spin back in the Australian side to salvage the Ashes. Lee said the psychological damage Warne could inflict on the tourists by simply walking out on to the field would justify his selection, despite him having been retired from Test cricket for three years. Lees comments come hard on the heels of: Advertisement: Story continues below n A group of Queensland businessmen attempting to raise $1 million via public donations on the Bring Back Warnie website to entice him to spin England out. n Broadcaster Alan Jones imploring Cricket Australia to pay Warne $500,000 to stand at first slip and captain the team. n Australia coach Tim Nielsen not rejecting the idea of Warne being recalled. n Dean Jones insisting Warne would return if Cricket Australia granted him the captaincy for the next two years. n English bookmaking firm William Hill offering odds of 6-1 that Warne would return for Australia at some stage of the current series. Lee told The Sunday Age yesterday: Its not just what he can do as a bowler, its what hed do to their batsmens minds. It is the mental side as well. Can you imagine the English cricket team having to deal with the idea that the great Shane Warne, the bloke who terrorised them for 15 years, was going to return in Melbourne or Sydney? Shane Warne is a unique sort of guy in that he seems to write his own scripts. The Boxing Day Test at the MCG is tailor-made for his return, I reckon. Warne, who retired from the Test arena after he helped to engineer Australias 5-0 whitewash of England in the 2006-07 Ashes series, is 41 and his active involvement in cricket has been restricted to the Indian Twenty20 Premier League where he has captained the Rajasthan Royals Lee said Warne would not be the first player to return from a hiatus as Bobby Simpson had interrupted a 10-year break to add direction to the 1978-79 Australian Test team whose ranks were depleted when its experienced campaigners joined Kerry Packers World Series Cricket. Hes the greatest spin bowler ever, and the way he bowls is amazing. But what he could do to the oppositions mental state is worth looking at. Lee insisted, however, that the call to Warne was not a concession that Australias bowling stocks were not good enough to match Andrew Strausss squad. No disrespect was intended to Nathan Hauritz or Xavier Doherty, the Tasmanian who was dropped after just two Tests, to be replaced by little-known West Australian spinner Michael Beer. Were going through a transitional phase; its going to take time, Lee said. We dont have guys like Shane and Glenn [McGrath] any more, but weve also lost Matt Hayden, Justin Langer, Adam Gilchrist, Damien Martyn ... Not only are they all legends, but weve lost all their experience, and you cant just replace that overnight. When you go through the team that played in the 2006-07 Adelaide Test - which we won - only Ricky Ponting and Michael Hussey remain. Everyone seems to assume we have the same team, but theres only two players out of the 12 that were there. Warne, who has simply said hes flattered by the publics demand for him to get the baggy green cap out of mothballs, revealed two years ago while being interviewed for McGraths biography Line and Strength that had it not been for such demands as training and team meetings, he wouldve played on beyond the 2007 SCG Test. If it had been a case where Glenn and I could just rock up the night before a game, we might have been able to play for another year or two, said Warne. Daniel Lane