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India feeling the absence of Dravid, Ganguly: Lee

Australian speedster Brett Lee reckons that the young Indian cricket team is struggling to find its feet in the absence of Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly.

cricket Updated: Feb 09, 2008 16:28 IST

Australian speedster Brett Lee reckons that the young Indian cricket team was struggling to find its feet in the absence of experienced batsmen like Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly.

"It's always tougher for younger guys to come through immediately. (Rahul) Dravid and (Sourav) Ganguly played a lot of cricket this summer and were there since the start. The new guys would take some time to find their feet," Lee said.

"Though they are quality players, they have their work cut out," he said referring to India's none-too-impressive show in the previous two one-day matches.

The Australian speedster singled out his side's bowling as a key factor in tomorrow's match against India.

"We are bowling collectively good. I took a fiver in Brisbane, Nathan (Bracken) did it in Sydney. Johnson is proving to be a good back up. (James) Hopes, (Brad) Hogg, (Andrew) Symonds and (Michael) Clarke, we think we have good options in this area," Lee said.

Lee also said that he stood as good a chance of picking wickets in one-dayers as he did in Tests.

"In ODIs, the batsmen look to score and it generally means more chances of picking up wickets. In Tests, you got to be more patient.

"Variations is the key word. You bowl slower, bouncer, seam, try new things basically all the time," he added.

Lee reiterated that in his book, Sachin Tendulkar was the best batsman going around in world cricket. He was sure that the Indian master would soon find his form in one-day cricket but hoped it wouldn't be against his side.

"He is the best batsman going around. He has had a great summer and he would soon start firing in one-dayers too. Hopefully, he wouldn't do it against us.

"He is not only a great player but also is a great bloke. That is why he is right up there at the top and gets the respect. You generally find out how good a cricketer you are when you play against him."

Though Lee was pretty confident about his side's chances, he did not want to predict who between the two other sides could reach the finals of the CB series.

"Both sides have world class players: (Sanath) Jayasuriya, (Kumar) Sangakkara, Tendulkar and (Mahendra Singh) Dhoni.

"We are trying to prepare ourselves as best as we can without bothering about others. We know if we can win tomorrow, our confidence will be sky high when we take on Sri Lanka in Perth."