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Brett Lee: A daunting proposition

Player of the Week V

india Updated: Mar 21, 2003 11:04 IST
Manish Verma
Manish Verma

In any sport there are certain players who stand out, players who create an aura of expertise, players who are just better than the others around them. Brett Lee fits into that category, as one of the fastest bowler of all time.

Given a choice, Lee might rather be a tornado ripping off he roofs of the houses.

In a Super Six encounter against New Zealand at Port Elizabeth, Brett Lee second spell was filled with pace, power and poise. He bowled one of the most phenomenal spells of the World Cup 2003 to send New Zealand batting folding like a pack of cards. He spread-eagled the tail with a devastating spell of 5 for 3 in 15 balls.

Firstly, he removed Stephen Fleming when the Kiwi skipper gloved a rising ball going down the leg side to Adam Gilchrist.

That put Lee’s tail up and what followed afterwards was a mayhem. He demolished Brendon McCullum and Jacob Oram with successive beauties which even the top order batsman would have struggled to cope up with it: the first was a swinging yorker, the second straightened to hit off stump with the batsmen.

Two balls later Lee castled Andre Adams with a blistering inswinging yorker, and made him look foolish. He finally finished it off with a brilliant one-handed caught-and-bowled to get rid of Shane Bond.

Bowling over 150km/h and rediscovering his almost unplayable yorkers , Lee finally finished with figures of five for 42 in 9.1 overs.

First Published: Mar 20, 2003 16:00 IST