Former Australian fast bowler Brett Lee is very excited to watch Australia vs India Test series in the forthcoming home summer. Recently, he talked about the crucial points of this series.
Last time, when India toured in Australia in 2018/19 summer, Australian cricketers Steven Smith and David Warner were absent due to their suspension period for their involvement in the ball-tampering incident during the 2018 Cape Town Test against South Africa. In that tour, India won their first Test series in Australia by the 2-1 margin (also won their first-ever ODI bilateral series in Australia).
When India will tour in Australia in the upcoming Australian summer, the visitors will have to face the strong and mature hosts. Brett Lee believes that Australians are strong enough at their home, but the Indians are also strong enough to control the Australian side. Lee feels that the Aussie bowlers will have to play the crucial role to regain the Border-Gavaskar trophy, which has been scheduled to run between 3rd December 2020 and 7th January 2021.
Lee told PTI, “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.”
The former Aussie speedster also praised the Indian pacers as he feels that they can destroy any top order.
He claimed, “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).”
Maybe they need to come up with some artificial substance that they can use: Brett Lee
Brett Lee feels that the saliva ban can make the bowlers’ job harder than before, especially with the Kookaburra balls.
The 43-year-old said, “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.”
As saliva ban can affect the bowlers, Lee supports adding some artificial substance during the match.
He added, “Essentially you do need saliva to keep the new ball shiny and also the old ball to reverse swing. Usually (fast bowlers) use less saliva on a new ball compared to the old one. Maybe they need to come up with some artificial substance that they can use.”
Australian wicketkeeper Tim Paine took the Test captaincy role after the controversial sandpaper-gate incident during the 2018 Cape Town Test, which led the one-year ban for Steven Smith and David Warner along with the nine-month suspension for Cameron Bancroft. Brett Lee praises the Test captain Paine for guiding the Australian team to the successful path in the deep crisis moment.
Lee said, “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.”
Tim Paine-led Australian team secured the Ashes 2019 trophy in England with the 2-2 result, which was also their first away Ashes trophy since 2001.