Australia still numero uno, claims Lee

Published: Tuesday, January 22, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Adelaide: Aussie pace spearhead Brett Lee has dismissed claims that his side's prime is over and the fading world champions will soon be replaced by India at the top.

Yesterday (Monday), former India captain Sourav Ganguly had said the current Indian side has the potential to replace Australia at top.

''Australia is still the number one team in the world but I think we have a very good side that could be number one, Ganguly had said.

But Lee asserted that Australia is not the team to be written off so easily. He said we did not put up our best in the Perth Test.

''The way we've been playing recently, we've lost one Test out of 17, so I think we've had a pretty good effort, it's great for world cricket, the Australian team was beaten last week, so be it, we can put that behind us now and focus again,'' Lee said.

However, the pacer praised India's relatively inexperienced bowling attack to win the match for India at Perth.

''(In Perth) they bowled well, definitely, we have to give credit to India, they played extremely well, we probably didn't get the runs we wanted to, I thought we bowled very well in different parts but it wasn't the Australian complete game that we're used to,'' he added.

Lee bats for Tait: Lee defended the decision to play Tait at Perth. Shaun Tait's much hyped inclusion did not pay any dividents to the home side. Tait's inclusion in playing XI was considered a prime reason behind the slow over-rate by hosts.

''In Perth it's a unique problem because you will play four fast bowlers, and when you've got guys who can bowl 150k with decent run-ups there is always going to be a problem pushing the 90 over mark,'' Lee said.

''That's something we have to address, there is possibly a way to get through overs a bit quicker, so we'll be trying all we possibly can to work on that.''

However, Lee refrained himself from saying anything about Australia's playing XI at Adelaide and said it would be tough to decide between spinner Brad Hogg and Tait.

''Every time Shaun Tait plays he always gives his best, it's good to see a guy pushing up that speed gun, saying that whether Shaun or Brad Hogg gets the call it's not my call, but it's always good when Shaun Tait's in the side,'' he said.


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