Lawson amazed Oz bowlers did not try to intimidate Indian batsmen

October 24th, 2008 - 3:26 pm ICT by ANI  

Sydney, Oct 24 (ANI): Pakistan cricket coach Geoff Lawson is amazed at the lack of aggression displayed by the Australian pace attack, and said Brett Lee did not have the height to trouble Indian batsmen on their own pitches.

The Pakistan coach said he could not understand why the Australian quicks, with the exception of Peter Siddle with the first ball of his Test career, did not try to intimidate the Indian batsmen with short-pitched bowling.

It was a different game when India was bowling, a different ball and a different pitch, the Sydney Morning Herald quoted Lawson, as saying.

The Australians were very defensive. They need to be more aggressive with the ball. I was amazed in the second innings that they didnt seem to bowl a bouncer in the first five overs, he said.

If someone didnt bowl me a bouncer in the first five overs I would be pretty sure I wasnt going to get one. Gautam Gambhir was charging down the wicket at the pacemen. He hooks and cuts in the air, that is how you get him out in one-day cricket and I dont see why Test cricket would be any different, Lawson added.

Lawson, a former NSW bowling coach, believes Lee needs to find other ways to succeed on Indias unresponsive pitches because he does not deliver the ball from a high trajectory, unlike the steepling 20-year-old Ishant Sharma.

Asked what Lee needed to do to improve, Lawson said: He needs to be a foot taller. They are flat wickets, he slides on, and he is not doing anything much with it.

Lawson said he intended to complete his contract with Pakistan, who by next Januarys landmark series against arch rivals India will not have played a Test for 13 months because of a succession of terrorist bombings in the country. (ANI)

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