WC 2003 - Lee to unleash ~~spit rock~~ to undo Tendulkar

Published: Friday, January 10, 2003, 0:00 [IST]
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Durban: If India and Australia keep its appointed place in the final of the World Cup, fast bowler Brett Lee will unleash a special delivery of his own to rock the in-form Sachin Tendulkar."The 'spit rock' which I learnt from my brother Shane could be the key to bowl, and hopefully dismiss Sachin Tendulkar," said Lee, looking ahead at the title-clash on Sunday."The spit rock, better known as reverse swing, has been very effective here in South Africa during the World Cup and was a huge factor when I took five wickets against New Zealand in Port Elizabeth last week," said Lee. "If we do get a chance to play him again this tournament which would be sensational given that it will mean we have made the final we will all sit down, talk it through and map out another plan to counter him and the rest of their top order."Lee has been in great form in the competition, rocking New Zealand with a five-wicket haul at Port Elizabeth the other day and following it up with a hat-trick against Kenya in his second over at Kingsmead, Durban on Saturday. Shane Lee is not part of Australia's present World Cup squad but did duty when Waugh's men completed their successful campaign in England in 1999. "Shane has had a lot of success tailing the ball into the right-handers in plenty of tournaments, including the last World Cup. I'm hoping to continue that," Lee said issuing a veiled threat to his opponents."Bowling to someone like Sachin is up there with the ultimate challenges in cricket. When we played India earlier in the tournament, Jason Gillespie was able to trap him early leg before wicket with a fantastic slower ball. We won that game by nine wickets," the Australian speedster said. Lee has so far picked 18 wickets in the competition and only two scalp shy of Sri Lankan Chaminda Vaas' 20-wicket haul. Lee said he has also been inspired by the ability of Pakistan's Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis to bowl reverse swing."I grew up watching guys like Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis bowl reverse swing, and I remember wondering how they were able to get so much movement out of a ball that was 40-plus."Then, when Shane perfected it during his club, state and international career, he taught me the basics and I started working on it while playing grade cricket," Lee revealed. PTI

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