By CricketCountry Staff
Mumbai: Dec 23, 2011
Former Australian Test cricketer Brett Lee opines that the Australian batsmen will be glad that they do not have to face India's ace off-spinner Harbhajan Singh in the upcoming four-match Test series starting December 26 at Melbourne.
"He is a terrific bowler and has created a lot of trouble in the past for Aussie batsmen. The Aussies will be glad they are not seeing Harbhajan Down Under," Lee said.
Lee also stated that the star-studded Indian batting line-up will have to face short bowling by the Australian pacers.
“We have some exciting quicks around the country at the moment. Some of them have serious pace, so I am sure the Indian batsmen will have their fair share of short-pitched deliveries. The wickets in Australia are a lot harder and carry more bounce, so it will be interesting to watch the Indian batting line- up combat this tactic,” Lee said.
The right-arm pacer said India is a very good side, but didn’t commit that they are favourites to win the series.
“I think India is a very good team. I do believe Australia's rebuilding is taking shape and we will hold our own especially through our home ground advantage. Whatever happens, it will be an exciting series. I hope Sachin (Tendulkar) gets his 100th international hundred, but Australia wins comfortably,” Lee told MiD DAY.
Lee rubbished the talks that the clash this time around will also be as controversial as its previous ones.
“I think this series will be a celebration of two wonderful players, in (Ricky) Ponting and Tendulkar, probably farewelling the Australian public. The series will be competitive and it may come down to a battle in the bowling to see who can take 20 wickets in a Test to win,” he added.