ICC World Cup 2019: Brett Lee Feels Pacers Will Face Hard Time in England
Two-time Australia‘s World Cup-winning star Brett Lee has warned that one should not think that the wickets in England will allow pace bowlers to enjoy the merry run. He reiterated the fast bowlers have to face the heat too, given the months in which ICC World Cup 2019 is taking place in England.
The former speedster believes conditions won’t be that much favourable for the pace bowlers in the United Kindom (UK). Well, the twelfth edition of the ODI showpiece will run between May 30 and July 14.
“We’ve got to keep in mind what time the tournament will be played. It is in June and July and the wickets over there aren’t really conducive to fast bowling at that time of the year,” IANS quoted Lee as saying.
The 42-year-old veteran Lee reiterated people shouldn’t get tricked while going by the norm of English conditions. He added things might be far better with the new Dukes, but the bowlers could face the litmus test as the shine goes off from the leather.
“So a lot of people think it will be a bowler’s wicket, but it’s not necessarily the case. I think they will be okay with the brand new ball, but once the shine goes from the ball it’s going to be hard work for the fast bowlers,” Lee added.
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On the other side, the prominent paceman Lee maintained that the reigning champions Australia have got plenty in them to go deep in the forthcoming tournament.
He remarked the forced exclusion of Jhye Richardson due to shoulder injury shouldn’t intimidate skipper Aaron Finch.
Earlier, Richardson has damaged his shoulder during the second ODI against Pakistan at Sharjah which further saw him not regaining the full fitness. However, his namesake Kane Richardson has it to the 15-man World Cup squad.
Pertinently, the duo has faced the 12-month sanction each following the ball-tampering saga.
“They can go as far as they want to go. They are a good team. There has been an injury for one of the fast bowlers and Jhye Richardson is out of the World Cup, but Kane Richardson has been brought in. Look, any side that goes to the World Cup will be very well prepared. It’s all about who adapts well to the English wickets,” Lee inferred.
The No. 5 ranked ODI team has recently won eight matches on the trot which included a series whitewash over Pakistan. In March, they sealed five-match series 3-2 after trailing by 2-0 against India.
Meanwhile, Kangaroos will kick-off their World Cup campaign in Bristol on 1st of June against Gulbadin Naib-led Afghanistan.
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