Former Australian fast bowler, Brett Lee admitted he always feels so welcomed in the country whenever he visits India. Meanwhile, he also wanted those days to return when a target of 250-260 was competitive in the 50-over format.
Lee still feels that 260-280 is a good score, however, urged not to prepare flat wickets for One-day International game. He also holds placid surfaces responsible for witnessing such massive scores in the contemporary cricket.
“What the bowlers need are the wickets. They have to get wickets that (are) not totally flat (batting tracks) where someone scores 400 or someone gets a 450 score… I still think that a 250-280 score, max, is a good total,” Lee told IANS.
Earlier this month, England made 481 for six against Australia in an ODI, drawing negative reactions from Indian cricketers Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly.
Furthermore, Tendulkar has also urged world cricket body International Cricket Council to use two balls in ODIs.
However, Lee feels using one or two balls is not the issue and added that two balls don’t get enough reverse swing.
“I don’t think there’s an issue if they use one ball in 50 overs or two balls. Having two new balls in one day cricket can assist the bowlers,” he explained.
One of most successful bowlers of his generation, Lee cited that the change in nature of the pitches can only make the game bowler-friendly.
“That for me is the easiest way to do it… I’m not saying have an actual green top, but just have something for the bowlers to work with,” Lee added.
I feel so welcomed:
As someone who loves India, its culture and people, Lee has been closely associated with philanthropic efforts in the country in the recent past.
“Every time I come to India, I feel like I am a part of this beautiful country. I feel so welcomed. India has accepted me as part of its own, which I am so humble and so grateful for,” he concluded.
Brett Lee has claimed 718 wickets and has scored 2128 runs across all the formats for Australia before he decided to bid adieu to the game.