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I hope to perform even better

It has been a dream start and it was great that we could build on the momentum we built up from the Perth one-dayer, writes Brett Lee.

india Updated: Feb 08, 2004 01:52 IST
Brett Lee

It has been a dream start and it was great that we could build on the momentum we built up from the Perth one-dayer.

We have always known where to bowl to the Indians, but because of injury breakdowns among our quicks, we never had the pace that would make a short of length line truly effective. Right now I feel good when I'm reaching the crease, and it certainly helps to have a bowler like Jason Gillespie at the other end. It was great to repeat our successes at the WACA in the more batsman-friendly conditions of the MCG.

The games were amazingly similar, but I feel more satisfied with Friday's performance since the wicket was good for batting right from the start. For me, the high point was obviously the wicket of Sachin Tendulkar. All bowlers plot and plan for scalping a batsmen like Tendulkar. And when the plan succeeds, there is no greater joy for a bowler.

I feel proud of the way both Jason and I synchronised our line, and I don't think I can remember the two of us bowling so well together in a long time. During our team meetings we always said that the first 15 overs of the game would be crucial, and we won the game within the first hour itself.

I have maintained my policy of avoiding media reports even though things are looking up for me on the field. However, from whatever is floating around, the blokes who wrote me off a fortnight ago, are hailing my current form as a purple patch. I don't agree with that either, and hope to improve further tomorrow.

Contrary to popular perception we fast bowlers are a thinking lot, and we know that the Indians will be working out ways to counter our new line of attack. They are a quality batting side and it would be surprising to see all of them fail in four successive games. We might be tested more at Sydney than at Melbourne, because the SCG has traditionally been a happy hunting ground for the likes of Tendulkar and Laxman.

Even if we bat first, the devastating form of Adam Gilchrist could take us to a Wanderers' like score. Basically, it all depends on how the top three batsmen of both sides fare in the game. At Melbourne our top three were superb, so there's a good chance that they will repeat their success in Sydney.

Cricketers are a superstitious lot and I am no different. Looking back, I feel that the last over six in Sydney was what turned the wheel for me.

As a team, we would like to close out the issue in Sydney, so that we can enjoy a week's break before heading off to Sri Lanka. It has been a commanding performance so far since we have lost only one game in the entire tournament. Only the finishing touches are left, and we must ensure that that job is finished tomorrow itself.


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First Published: Feb 08, 2004 01:07 IST