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Brett Lee wants more pace-friendly wickets

Brett Lee wants more pace-friendly wickets

Lee is concerned about the amount of cricket being played.

Mumbai: There are very few pitches in the world which aid fast bowling currently and this aspect needs to be set right to encourage more youngsters to take up fast bowling, feels Australian fast bowler Brett Lee.

"The wickets these days are getting hard to bowl on. I say it tongue in cheek about there being no pitches in the world conducive to fast bowling. But there are hardly any pitches in the world which are green and juicy and encourage fast bowlers," the Austalian pace spearhead said.

"I am not asking for a pitch that moves the ball three or four feet both ways but I am talking about giving the bowler a bit of assistance and encouraging young lads to bowl fast," Lee said.

Lee, who has taken 289 wickets in Tests and 303 in ODIs, admitted that a lot more cricket was being played presently but said players were now better equipped to deal with it.

"There is a lot more demand of people wanting to watch live cricket on TV in different countries in various formats and therefore there is going to be a lot more cricket played," he said.

However, cricketers would need to decide how much cricket they wanted to play and presently there were a lot more preparations made prior to games to ensure that they were physically fit, the ace Aussie pacer said.

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The ICC Champions Trophy to be held in Pakistan in September has been a subject of debate because of security concerns, but Lee said he would take a call on the matter only after Cricket Australia arrived at its decision.

"We are waiting to see what Cricket Australia and Australian Cricketers Association say on the matter, only after which we can take a call," Lee said.

The pacer, who played for the Punjab Kings XI in the inaugural IPL season this year, said it had been a wonderful experience and the League would do a lot of good for world cricket.

"The thing that impressed me most was playing in a team made up of a whole lot of cultures," Lee, who took four wickets in the four games he played, said.

Lee refused to be drawn into predicting the outcome of the Australian Test series in India later this year saying it was too early pass a judgement.

"We have a couple of series before the one here and we would want to focus on those games. However, it is going to be a lot of fun coming to India," Lee said.

first published:August 01, 2008, 15:55 IST