Sydney: Express bowler Brett Lee wants to crack the 100 mph (160kph) barrier against Pakistan in June after being retained in the Australian One-day squad for the Super Challenge series.
Lee said on Friday he was relieved to be included in the 13-man squad for the three- match series in Melbourne and Brisbane. But Ian Harvey wasn't so lucky. His time ran out with selectors, who omitted the all- rounder and young off spinner Nathan Hauritz from the squad, which crushed South Africa 5-1 in a Limited Overs series in the republic last March and April. Batsman Jimmy Maher was retained after a promising South African series, Steve and Mark Waugh were again overlooked and young all-rounder Shane Watson was preferred to Harvey. Lee's place was also expected to come under scrutiny after an expensive tour of South Africa. He took nine wickets in four matches at a costly 5.82 runs per over. That left his career economy rate at 4.95 but Lee wasn't panicking about the flow of runs from his bowling. He wants to add some variety but he doesn't want to cut down on his pace as he prepares for a speed showdown with Pakistan's Shoaib Akhtar in the Super Challenge, which begins on June 12. "I'm probably in the side as a different type of bowler because I'm really in there trying to get a quick breakthrough," Lee said on Friday. "And when you're a fast bowler in One-day cricket it can be quite different because you get snicks through the slips and other shots that go to the fence pretty quickly." Asked if he could match Shoaib's 160kph breakthrough, Lee said, "I'm a chance to one day, who knows maybe in this series." Akhtar hit 161kph (100mph) in a One-day International against New Zealand in Lahore last month, although the accuracy of the radar gun was questioned. But Lee and Akhtar will have the same conditions and same measuring apparatus in June to decide the fastest bowler in a sideshow to the series. Lee clocked his fastest reading of 157.4km in Cape Town in early March while Australia was wrapping up the three-Test series against the Proteas.
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