Brett Lee wants more conducive pitches for fast bowlers in India

first_img Press Trust of India MumbaiApril 17, 2019UPDATED: April 17, 2019 17:10 IST Lee agreed that pitches have become better in India but still, more needs to be done to make them suitable for fast bowlers (PTI photo)HIGHLIGHTSBrett Lee wants Indian cricket pitches to be made more suitable for fast bowlersLee has played 76 Tests and 221 ODIs, not counting the upcoming World CupHe also agreed that pitches for pacers have already improved since three years agoFormer Australia speedster Brett Lee on Wednesday urged that pitches in India should be made more conducive for fast bowlers to make the contest an even one and help the country keep producing pacers.Lee, who played 76 Tests and 221 ODIs, without naming the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup, also said that India has a good chance to do well in the mega event starting May 30.”I urge the ground staff to prepare wickets that are a bit more conducive to fast bowling. I want to see a wicket with a little bit more in it (for the pacers), thoda thoda grass (little little grass), to make the bowlers smart and to give them the opportunity to bowl fast,” Lee told reporters here.The 42-year-old former pacer was present at an event to announce a Mumbai-specific tie-up between the real estate developers Runwal Group and Cricket Australia.”What happens if you are 17 years of age and playing a four-day match – Ranji Trophy – it’s really hot and you are bowling on a wicket with no grass and it’s flat and you are trying to bowl a 145K, dehydrated.”You have lost 7 litres of a fluid a day and you are flying in and you are losing all your energy, and then you have got a guy at the other end (a spinner) coming down taking five wickets because the wicket spins massively. What’s the incentive for this guy (pacer) to run in everyday? So we need to create the incentive,” he explained.advertisementThe former pacer, who took 310 Test wickets, at the same time conceded that the wickets for pacers have improved and cited the examples of Mumbai and Mohali.”If India want to keep creating good fast bowlers, then they need to make sure (that there are) wickets to compensate for that. Mohali normally gets through. I think that the wicket here (in Mumbai) is good now.”I reckon the wickets are getting better. If you had asked me this question three years ago, the wickets had been shocking. Now the wickets are giving a little more for the bowlers.”I am not saying I want a green top which flies through, but something for the (fast) bowlers to make it an even contest,” he explained.Also Read | IPL 2019: KL Rahul, R Ashwin shine as KXIP beat RR to move into top-4Also Read | Losing wickets in clumps cost us: RR captain Ajinkya Rahane after KXIP lossAlso Read | 7 first-timers, 2 World Cup-winners in India’s World Cup 2019 squadAlso Watch | India name 15-man squad for 2019 Cricket World CupFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byRoshni Tags :Follow Brett LeeFollow cricket pitchesFollow fast bowlers Brett Lee wants more conducive pitches for fast bowlers in IndiaBrett Lee feels Indian cricket pitches need to be suitable for fast bowlers to show what they can do.advertisementlast_img read more

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Lyon boosted by derby win ahead of Man City match

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