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Credit to India but Aussies didn't play complete: Lee

Australia's Brett Lee reckons that India deserved all the credit for winning the 3rd test, but also felt that his team didn't play their "complete game".

cricket Updated: Jan 22, 2008 15:18 IST

Australian pace spearhead Brett Lee has said India deserved all the credit for winning the Perth cricket Test but he also mentioned that the home side did not play its complete game for a victory.

"(In Perth) they bowled well, definitely, we have to give credit to India, they played extremely well, we probably didn't get the runs we wanted to, I thought we bowled very well in different parts but it wasn't the Australian complete game that we're used to," Lee said.

Lee, who picked six top order wickets at Perth including Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman in each innings, refused to accept suggestions that the defeat indicated downslide for Australia.

"The way we've been playing recently, we've lost one Test out of 17, so I think we've had a pretty good effort, it's great for world cricket, the Australian team was beaten last week, so be it, we can put that behind us now and focus again," he said.

Lee also came in defence of slinger Shaun Tait, who is expected to lose his place in the Australian XI for his home Test in Adelaide after a flop-show at Perth.

"In Perth it's a unique problem because you will play four fast bowlers, and when you've got guys who can bowl 150k/h with decent run-ups there is always going to be a problem pushing the 90 over mark," Lee said.

"That's something we have to address, there is possibly a way to get through overs a bit quicker, so we'll be trying all we possibly can to work on that. Every time Shaun Tait plays he always gives his best, it's good to see a guy pushing up that speed gun... It's always good when Shaun Tait's in the side," Lee said.