Lee needs to fine tune himself for Delhi, Nagpur Tests: Ponting

October 22nd, 2008 - 6:43 pm ICT by ANI  

Mohali, Oct.22 (ANI): Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting is of the view that fast bowler Brett Lee only has to fine tune himself to get back to his best form for the remaining two Tests to be played against India in New Delhi and Nagpur respectively.
Ruling out any chances of Lee being axed in the wake of his reported spat with him during the Mohali Test and for his poor return of four wickets in two Tests for an average of 60, Ponting said: “When you”re off by five per cent in these conditions, particularly as a fast bowler on this wicket on the first day … then things over here can be highlighted really quickly and you can be made to look silly in a number of ways.”
“For Brett it’’s more of a mind-set thing. Technically things seem to be in pretty good order and his body’’s in pretty good shape. It’’s about a bit of fine tuning,” the Daily Telegraph quoted Ponting as adding.
Ponting also sought to clear the air about his spat with Lee, saying that it was a one off incident that was sorted out during the break. He said that Lee was made to understand why he was not bowled during the first session of play on Monday, while other less qualified bowlers got a look in.
The paper also seemed to suggest that India is turning world cricket upside down by bullying Australia into submission.
It said that Australia’’s insipid 320-run second-Test loss yesterday reinforces India’’s new-found domination, claiming two wins and two draws against Australia since narrowly losing the spiteful second Test in Sydney last January.
It was Australia’’s third worst loss in India in 38 Tests following innings defeats in Calcutta 10 years ago and Mumbai in 1979.
Australia must now confront India in Delhi for the third Test, where the home side has won the last seven Tests in a row and not lost there for 21 years. (ANI)

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