Bowlers will maintain key in opposition to India: Brett Lee


New Delhi, July 21

Former pace service provider Brett Lee reckons Australia’s tempo triumvirate would maintain the important thing throughout the year-end dwelling Test collection in opposition to India and is eager to determine how a lot the kookaburra ball swings with out saliva Down Under.

Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood type a nice tempo assault for Australia.

With the ban on saliva as a result of COVID-19 pandemic, one of many world’s quickest bowlers needs the custodians of the sport to provide you with an “artificial substance” to keep up the stability between bat and ball.

“Playing at home obviously gives you that advantage, but that said I know that India will pack a full strength squad to tour Australia. I still believe if Australia is to win our bowlers hold the key,” mentioned Lee.

The kookaburra seam will not be as pronounced as Dukes or SG Tests balls and the flattening of seam coupled with ban on saliva will make it more durable for bowlers of each groups.

“It will definitely change the way the game is played so we don’t want to make it even harder for bowlers even more than it is currently is,” mentioned the 43-year-old Lee.

India’s tempo assault, which has been phenomenal up to now three years, has the potential of “knocking over any top order” in world cricket however it can once more boil right down to how a lot the ball swings.

“India have got some extremely good pace bowlers that are capable of knocking over any top order. Once again I think it comes down to how the ball will swing or not swing in different conditions (Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney).”

And that’s exactly the rationale why Lee will not thoughts if a synthetic substance is allowed regardless that his reply as to whether ball tampering needs to be legalised was an emphatic no.

“Essentially you do want saliva to maintain the brand new ball shiny and in addition the previous ball to reverse swing. Usually (quick bowlers) use much less saliva on a brand new ball in comparison with the previous one,” he mentioned.

“Maybe they need to come up with some artificial substance that they can use,” asserted the holder of 310 Test wickets.

The better part about Australian cricket groups have been their iconic captains who’ve set benchmarks, mentioned Lee.

“Yes, Australia have had some wonderful leaders which involves set the tone for the generations to follow. I was very lucky to play under two of my favourites in Steve Waugh and Ricky Ponting,” mentioned Lee, referring to the likes of Ian Chappell, Allan Border and Mark Taylor who preceded them.

Does he really feel that Tim Paine can earn the identical type of respect constantly in a change room that has performers like Steve Smith and David Warner.

“I think Tim Paine has done a tremendous job and should be complimented for the way that he has led the side. Keeping in mind he’s had a few dramas to deal with, he’s still the right man for the job,” Lee mentioned.

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, all cricket boards are going by means of monetary stress and Cricket Australia isn’t any completely different.

The speedster hoped that some normalcy will return in future. “As any person in the workforce any time there is a pay cut that it definitely will affect them. Let’s hope we get back to some form of normality as soon as possible.”  

Lee had watched the primary Test between England and West Indies in Southampton and was very impressed with Caribbean skipper Jason Holder’s efficiency within the first innings.

“There has been some wonderful performances by bowlers of both teams. In particular the skipper from the West Indies. Just goes to show that line length is so important.” PTI



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