Team India has lost mental edge: Brett Lee

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Published: Friday, February 3, 2012, 13:18 [IST]
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Lee says, India has lost mental edge

Melbourne, Feb 3: Australian pacer Brett Lee feels Team India has lost the mental edge this tour, as Australians are taking full advantage of the visitors' slump by keeping them at bay after finishing the Test series 4-0 and winning the first T20 at Sydney.

With India feeling frustrated, after consecutive losses, Aussies will definitely come hard on the visitors.
"I do think the momentum does get carry through, the mental edge as well. The way the Test players played, which is why it's so important for us to try and win, so come Sunday night, even though we are not playing against India, we get a great roll on from Twenty20 into one-day matches," said Lee ahead of second Twenty20 international at the MCG on Friday.

"Everyone wants a clean sweep. We want to make sure India doesn't go on board this Australian summer," Lee added.

Brett Lee, pace spearhead retired from Test cricket after picking 310 wickets, from 76 matches at an average of 30.81 who has been a force to reckon with in the ODIs and T20s having claimed 357 wickets in  ODIs, has so far claimed 23 T20 wickets.

He dismissed Virender Sehwag in his very first over in the first T20 at Sydney which ensured India's yet another batting debacle.

He further suggested to have good players in the team and need not have three different teams for the different formats of the game which is incorporated by Australia at the moment.

"If the 12 Test players are all good enough to play Twenty20 cricket, well then choose them! What we have seen in the last few years is that there are specifically guys we've got for T20 cricket," he said.

Regarding the second T20, he said, Aussies are definitely eyeing a whitewash in the two T20 matches to keep their tally 2-0, after they have successfully completed a whitewash 4-0 in the Test series.

"When you lose 4-0 as India has, it obviously is devastating. They would want to try andake energy out of this Twenty20 matches to make sure they can somehow get on the board. Everyone of us would try to stop it obviously."

While everyone is criticising the Indians, Lee argued credit must also be given to the Australians for keeping the visitors under the pump.

The veteran pacer also stresses on the fact that Team India has not played the best cricket while Aussies have bowled very well. It wasn't as if India played their worst cricket and were totally done in. I think Australia made very good effort, planned extremely well," Lee said.


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