Home > News >

Mitchell Johnson, Dale Steyn world’s best pacers, says Brett Lee

Brett Lee feels Mitchell Johnson's IPL stint has benefitted him greatly © Getty Images
Brett Lee feels Mitchell Johnson’s IPL stint has benefitted him greatly © Getty Images

March 4, 2014

Former Australian pacer Brett Lee believes that South African speed-gun Dale Steyn and pace-merchant Mitchell Johnson are two of the finest fast-bowlers in modern day cricket.

If Johnson tormented the English with his 37-wicket haul in the 2013-14 Ashes series then Steyn recently troubled the Aussies with his searing pace and bounce during South Africa’s 231-run win at Port Elizabeth.

“There’s been a lot said about guys bowling spin, guys who are all-rounders and great batsmen… I do agree with all that but we’ve seen recently that the most successful Test cricketing nations are because of their fast bowling. Fast bowling counts and we have the Australian pace attack that has been fantastic. We have Steyn who I still think with Johnson are the best bowlers in the world right now,” said Lee who was speaking to the Times of India.

Morne Morkel and Steyn are the two guys who build the foundation for South Africa. It’s incredible to think that they both can bowl over 150 kmph and still bowl line and length. No one likes facing pacers and certainly if they get something to handle like what Johnson has done. He’s terrorised batsman across the world,” added Lee.

When queried about Johnson being the decisive factor in Australia’s change in fortunes over the last couple of years Lee replied:” Mitch [Johnson] has been outstanding and has led the turnaround with his moustache. He has been fast and aggressive and has changed the face of Australian cricket. Added to that is [wicketkeeper-batsman] Brad Haddin and coach Darren Lehmann who makes the players more comfortable. Australia has been a lot more confident. They have played some great cricket and look a fantastic side.”

“He played for Mumbai Indians (MI) in IPL which provided him the opportunity [last season] to bowl fast and under pressure. He impressed everyone in Australia by bowling fast again and developing his game,” said the former Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) bowler in the IPL.

Lee maintained that if India have to do well in the 2015 World Cup, being jointly staged by Australia and New Zealand, they need to have good pacers in their squad,” added Lee who credits Johnson’s Indian Premier League (IPL) stint with Mumbai as the reason for his recent good run.

On questions of India not producing top quality fast-bowlers with regularity, Lee said,” India have very good batsmen and great spinners. But they need to find bowlers who can bowl at 140kmph. India need to really show they have dominating fast bowlers as the wickets will be fast and bouncy. It’s not that Indians haven’t produced fast bowlers.”

“It’s that they haven’t produced as many as other countries around. But you need to look at the wickets you play on. If one bowls 160kmph on a flat wicket with absolutely no grass, its going to do nothing. You need to try and take the pace off the ball or try to spin it on such wickets. So, you cannot succeed as a fast bowler if you play on such pitches. In Australia that’s why we made wickets that helped you as a fast bowler, likewise India need to prepare wickets that assist pacers. That will encourage a youngster to run in and bowl a quicker one,” concluded Lee.

West Indies in South Africa, 2014-15

Dec 26, 2014 (14:00 IST)   at Port Elizabeth

Sri Lanka tour of New Zealand, 2014-15

Dec 26, 2014 (03:30 IST)   at Christchurch

India tour of Australia, 2014-15

Dec 26, 2014 (05:00 IST)   at Melbourne

West Indies in South Africa, 2014-15

Jan 2, 2015 (14:00 IST)   at Cape Town

Sri Lanka tour of New Zealand, 2014-15

Jan 3, 2015 (03:30 IST)   at Wellington

More

Pakistan vs New Zealand in UAE, 2014

Dec 19, 2014  at Abu Dhabi

New Zealand won by 68 runs

India tour of Australia, 2014-15

Dec 17, 2014  at Woolloongabba, Brisbane

Australia won by 4 wkts

Pakistan vs New Zealand in UAE, 2014

Dec 17, 2014  at Abu Dhabi

New Zealand won by 7 runs

West Indies in South Africa, 2014-15

Dec 17, 2014  at Centurion

South Africa won by an innings and 220 runs

England tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Dec 16, 2014  at Colombo

Sri Lanka won by 87 runs

Photos

India vs Australia, 2nd Test at Brisbane

Videos

Ind vs Aus: Dhoni analyses the 4-wicket loss at Brisbane

India vs Australia 2014-15, 2nd Test at Brisbane: Mitchell Johnson’s performance in 2nd Test has ominous signs for India

Akshar Patel picked far too early for Test cricket

Shahid Afridi, please do not take the innocence away from cricket

South Africa vs West Indies 2014-15: Is Jason Holder a captain or a stooge?

Can Eoin Morgan change England’s limited-overs fortunes?

Anil Kumble Australia India Interviews Moments in history Ricky Ponting

Virat Kohli-Shikhar Dhawan’s fight reason for ‘unrest’ in Indian dressing room during 2nd Test vs Australia at Brisbane

Shane Watson in distress after being hit by bouncer; Australia’s training session ends abruptly

India vs Australia 2014-15, 3rd Test at Melbourne: India desperate for comeback against Australia to save Test series

Sri Lanka vs New Zealand 2014-15: Mighty Lankans begin final build-up to World Cup against Kiwis

Alastair Cook participates in World Darts Championships following World Cup axe

MS Dhoni arrives in international cricket

Dickie Bird and the mobile phone story: a tall tale?

New Zealand vs Sri Lanka 2014-15: Can New Zealand benefit from Kane Williamson’s captaincy in Tests?

India vs Australia 2014-15, 2nd Test at Brisbane: Mitchell Johnson’s performance in 2nd Test has ominous signs for India

South Africa vs West Indies 2014: Chance for Rilee Rossouw to make his mark

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

683 Posts | 6 Fans

Mitchell Johnson's 37 wickets against England in Ashes 2013-14

प्रसिद्ध कथक नृत्यांगना सितारा देवी नहीं रही

More broadband connections to boost GDP growth in Asia Pacific: GSMA

India is becoming our largest overseas market, Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun says

Bigg Boss 8: Ali Quli Mirza, Renee Dhyani, Upen Patel, Praneet Bhatt, Sonali Raut – who should be evicted this week?

Revealed: The reason why Kishore Kumar’s biopic starring Ranbir Kapoor won’t feature Katrina Kaif!

अभिनेत्री प्रियंका चोपड़ा ने स्वच्छ भारत अभियान में हिस्सा लिया

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here