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Lee joins Aussie bowlers' shame list

The express speedster Brett Lee on Sunday became only the second Australian bowler in 70 years to concede 200 runs in a Test innings.

india Updated: Jan 04, 2004 19:31 IST

This is one record tearaway Aussie bowler Brett Lee will be most unwilling to lend his name to.

The express speedsteron Sundaybecame only the second Australian bowler in 70 years to concede 200 runs in a Test innings.

Lee, who missed the first two matches of the four-Test series in India due to injuries, made a much hyped comeback in Melbourne but has failed to live up to to his reputation as a match-winner.

On the third day of the series-deciding fourth Test here on Sunday, Lee finished with four for 201 in 39.3 overs as India piled up a record 705 for seven before declaring their first innings.

Left-arm Aussie spin bowler Chuck Fleetwood-Smith holds the notorious record of conceding most runs in a Test innings of 1-298 off 87 overs against England at The Oval in 1938.

Lee was expected to rattle the pace-wary Indians with his 150 km/hr "chin music" but is now left with serious introspection to do about his technique and strategy.

First Published: Jan 04, 2004 19:31 IST