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Lee wants more pitches that aid fast bowlers

cricket Updated: Jul 31, 2008 14:52 IST
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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," Austalian pace spearhead told PTI in Mumbai.

"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, was on a promotional tour across cities in India as a brand ambassador for Timex watches.

The Australian speedster 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.