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Inexperience no worry for Lee

The Aussies are not too bothered about the lack of experience within their ranks and are looking at this tour as ‘a perfect opportunity for the youngsters to step up to the plate’, reports Arjun Sen.

cricket Updated: Sep 24, 2008 00:03 IST

Inexperienced is a word that has been used a lot lately to describe the current Australian attack. The absence of Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne from the Aussie line-up has raised questions about the world champions’ ability to contend with a strong Indian batting. However, the Aussies are not too bothered about the obvious lack of experience within their ranks. In fact, they are looking at this tour as ‘a perfect opportunity for the youngsters to step up to the plate’.

“I think this tour is a great opportunity for all the Australian players,” Brett Lee said. “I know that on paper we do not look like a team with an experienced line-up, but we have played a lot of good cricket away from home in the recent past, and this is a great opportunity for the guys to step up.”

Lee refused to single out the in-form Virender Sehwag as the main threat in the forthcoming series, saying India had 6-7 quality batsmen in their team. “We know we are up against quality players, and Sehwag is just one of them.” Lee said. “They have a few superheroes in the team, guys like Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman and the other usual suspects are always tough to face, but I am sure we will have plans for each of then and will try and stick to them.”