Patience to be the mantra for Aussie pacers

October 2nd, 2008 - 5:53 pm ICT by IANS  

Melbourne, Oct 2 (IANS) Keeping their hostile attitude of the last series behind, fiery Australian pacers will follow the virtue of patience in unfavourable Indian conditions. Brett Lee and Stuart Clark said patience was the buzzword for a bowling attack that has never played a Test in India.

Lee knows his responsibility to lead the way when the series begins in Bangalore Oct 9.

“Patience is definitely going to be a word that we will be using through the whole Test series,” Lee was quoted as saying in Herald Sun.

“I just think the key to bowling over here, going on what you read and what you hear from past players, is to be nice and patient,” said Lee, who needs three wickets to pass Craig McDermott (291) as Australia’s fourth highest Test wicket-taker.

Lee said they have a tough job at hand as they will be up against top class batsmen in their backyard.

“We are up against world class batsmen, we are up against wickets that are not going to be conducive to fast bowling, and the weather is going to be really hot. We have to try as a team to block all that stuff out and just really focus on the way we know, to be nice and patient.”

Clark said conditions would suit the pacers if they maintained their discipline.

“I think the wickets become harder to bat on. They don’t bounce, there is no pace in them and they don’t carry. LBW and bowled become a really useful mode of dismissal, rather than just caught,” Clark said.

Indian batsmen are notoriously sluggish runners between the wickets, and the Australians hope to take advantage of it.

“We have to work long and hard for four or five days. If we can do that, then we will be a chance at the end,” Clark said.

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