Not surprised with turning pitches in India: Lee

Published: Friday, March 1, 2013, 18:22 [IST]
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Mumbai, Mar 1: Former Australian speedster Brett Lee on Friday said he was not surprised by the Chennai pitch and backed his country to bounce back in the four-Test series despite suffering an eight-wicket defeat in the first match against India at the MA Chidambaram Stadium.

"I am not surprised by the conditions over here. The ball does turn square in India but we all know that as foreign players coming over here we have to deal with the conditions here because when you are playing in India, it's all about how do we deal with the spin and we know that that's what is going to happen," 36-year-old Lee said at a promotional event.

'Not surprised with turning pitches'

"We should choose a team that is appropriate, naturally when you have to play spin. I am not surprised with the (turning) wickets when you know it is going to happen in India," said Lee.

The Chennai pitch, on which the Indian spin trio of R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Harbhajan Singh captured all 20 Australian wickets, had drawn criticism as the track turned from the first day itself, but Lee said one always expects spinning pitches in India.

The ex-pacer, who took 310 wickets from 76 Tests, was optimistic about Australia's chances in the remainder of the rubber and cautioned against writing off the team led by Michael Clarke.

"I just think with what has happened in the series, India one-nil up its exciting... But don't write Australia off yet. I think Australia has got a lot more to offer. So I am looking forward to a big game tomorrow (second Test commencing at Hyderabad)," he said.

Conceding that his country needed to buck up in both batting and bowling, Lee was confident Australia can clinch the series from the position they are in now.

"Australia needs to start well, both with bat and ball, to be competitive in the series. I have got no reason to doubt why Australia can't win the series," he said.


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