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T20 WC: Wish to see India-Australia in Finals, says Brett Lee

Former Australian Pacer Brett Lee has expressed his desire to see India and Australia in the finals of the ongoing T20 World Cup Tournament.

Dubai: Former Australian Pacer Brett Lee has expressed his desire to see India and Australia in the finals of the ongoing T20 World Cup Tournament. He said, commenting on the current Indian defeat to Pakistan, “India still favourites to win, just need to stay relaxed”. 

Lee in a conversation with media said “Look in hindsight maybe (India could have played three spinners), but Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammad Shami, those types of guys are quality fast bowlers. If they can’t get the job done, who can? They had the right team, but you have to give credit to Pakistan as they played out of their skin. I guess the only person who stood out for India was Virat Kohli, hitting a beautiful fifty and there was a time when Afridi bowled and he smacked him down the wicket for a six. To me, that showed right intent”. 

He also believes David Warner is a must-have in the Australian XI and feels South Africa missed a trick by not picking Faf du Plessis.

“KL Rahul failed and that happens. He had come of the Orange Cap in the IPL, but a bit of extra pace which he wasn’t used to probably in the IPL. The Pakistan bowlers have got some extra pace, but I still have India as favourites,” Lee explained.

But Lee wants the Indian team to take it easy and not feel any pressure after the loss against Pakistan. “Relax, take it easy, take a breath in and it will all be okay. If they trust their ability and instinct, trust their talent, they will be okay. Maybe an India-Australia final somehow,” he smiled.

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Throwing light on his association with Jacob’s Creek, Lee said: “You think of Jacob’s Creek and you think about great fine Australian wine and it was established in 1976, ironically my birth year which is amazing, 45 years young. You think about the most wonderful wines across the world and France always comes there at the top of the tree. Some of the sparkling wines we are doing in Australia through Jacob’s Creek are matching what we are seeing in France. A wonderful association personally but now that they are an official wine partner of the ICC T20 World Cup, it is incredible.”

Variations have played a big role in the tournament so far and Lee believes teams should look at variety and not just raw pace.

“Very valid point, if you are playing off-cutters as a fast bowler, generally that means you should play two spinners. Guess looking at the Australian set-up, they have gone in with one genuine spinner and Glenn Maxwell, who can bowl off-spin and is now classed as an all-rounder,” he said.

Coming to the Australian set-up, Lee feels the treatment meted to David Warner in the IPL by SunRisers Hyderabad wasn’t the best thing to have happened, but the former cricketer is confident Warner can turn on the heat in big games.

“He is a big match player and incredible. He loves the big stage and opportunity and that is why he has been successful in the big matches. I would pick Warner and you can ask me some million times and I would pick him in all of my sides. He is devastating at the top of the order and he isn’t out of form, he is out of touch in terms of lack of match practice. I feel he was harshly and poorly dealt with by SRH.

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first published:Oct. 26, 2021, 1:33 p.m.

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