Former Australian speedster Brett Lee is excited for Australia vs India Test series in the upcoming Australian home summer. He feels that the Australian team needs to put the Indian captain Virat Kohli under pressure early in the series to achieve success.
When India toured in Australia last time in 2018/19 season, they won their first-ever Test and ODI bilateral series in Australia. In that Test series, India won by the 2-1 margin while Steven Smith and David Warner missed out that entire home summer due to their suspension for their involvement in the sandpaper-gate incident during 2018 Cape Town Test against the hosts South Africa.
However, the upcoming India tour of Australia will be fairly challenging for both sides as the strong Indian team will face the developed Australian side, including the presence of Steven Smith and David Warner.
Brett Lee feels that upcoming Australia vs India Test series is going to be one of the best series in recent times. However, he believes that the present Australian team is too strong on the home soil.
Lee told IANS, “To me, it’s one of the best series that you can look forward to. Australian will definitely want revenge but I know that India will come out and play their style of cricket which could definitely put Australia on the ropes. I personally think Australia will be too strong on home soil.”
According to the schedule, the Test series will run between 3rd December 2020 and 7th January 2021. Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney will host the Test matches while the Adelaide Test will be the day/night pink-ball Test match. In this forthcoming tour, the Indian team will also play the limited-overs series against the hosts.
Virat Kohli is a world-class player: Brett Lee
Lee believes that the Australian team can go on top in the upcoming home Test series against India if they can put the Indian skipper Virat Kohli under pressure from the beginning.
Lee claimed, “He is obviously a world-class player and Australia will have to make sure they’ve got clear concise plans to bowl to him. I think if they can put him under pressure early in the series that will allow maybe Australia to go on top of him.”
The Indian pacers dominated in the last Australian tour and it was the crucial factor for the visitors to finish that tour successfully. Lee talked about the reason for their recent success in every condition.
The fast bowler said, “I think with their height and agility they are able to bowl in all conditions, but it looked as though they are really up for the contest.”
Brett Lee also talked about the concern over Jasprit Bumrah
Indian right-arm fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah highly impressed during India’s last tour in Australia as he finished as the joint-most wicket-taker in that Test series (21 wickets). While Bumrah is now an integral part of the Indian pace-bowling line-up, Lee feels that the short run-up can affect the fast bowlers’ fitness as it put a lot of pressure on the body.
Lee commented, “I think it’s a matter of him keeping strong and doing what works for him. Obviously, with a short run-up, it does put a lot of pressure on your body but at the moment it looks as though it’s working for him.”