Former Australian speedster Brett Lee has questioned the defensive tactics of Indian bowlers in the first Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy as Australia continued to pile up the runs on day two.
Brett Lee said that Indian bowlers took too long to bowl short to the Australian batsmen. On day one, Indian bowlers gave away 354 runs in 90 overs and on the rain-curtailed second day, the Indians bowled too full and wide and leaked 163 runs in 30.4 overs.
Brett Lee was quoted in saying:
“India were on the defensive right from ball one. It had to be a new-ball wicket, they had to get early wickets against the Australians, who have got such a great top five batting order. (But) they really just lobbed the ball up on a length.”
“They bowled wide, they bowled full, there was no aggression, there was no short stuff. You’ve got to feel for them too with what they’ve been through.
“Maybe the whole etiquette of ‘can I bowl a short ball’ (held them back). But once that first bouncer was bowled and once Ishant Sharma came on (on day one) … they the seemed to believe that they could get wickets and it was OK to bowl a bouncer, which it is. That’s the game of cricket, the game has to go on and I mean that in the most respectful way possible. But it’s too late to bowl short balls to Michael Clarke when he’s on 98.”
Brett Lee also praised the Australian team for the mental toughness they showed to prepare themselves for this Test. The team was not in right frame of mind after the unfortunate demise of Phillip Hughes, but Lee said that the players did the right thing in choosing to play the match.
“There were a lot of question marks surrounding the Australian cricket team 48 hours ago. Were they ready, were they ready to take on the battle, was it too soon after what we’ve been through and certainly what they’ve been through.
“But they’ve come out … and cherished it.”
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