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We almost touched perfection in batting

One of the aims of the Australian team has been to register wins in all types of conditions and surfaces, writes Brett Lee.

india Updated: Nov 24, 2003 11:18 IST
Brett Lee

One of the aims of the Australian team has been to register wins in all types of conditions and surfaces. Sure, we enjoy our successes at home but when we are overseas our victories have always been sweeter.

In this context, India has a crucial role to play. We know that this is a country where very few teams have beaten the hosts, and as a team we see next year's tour to India as one that has to be won to achieve our aim of succeeding in all conditions.

There have always been those who say that our batsmen can't play spin too well, and tend to struggle on pitches with no pace and little bounce. However, in the last two games against India, we have proved that we can cope with the spinners

The other important factor to emerge over the last couple of weeks has been the depth of Australian cricket. All three teams have been affected by injury. However, we have been the ones who have ensured that the absentees are not missed.

Nathan Bracken and Brad Williams have been superb right through the tournament, and when he got a chance, so was Michael Kasprowicz. This trend has been maintained right through the year.

Coming back to the TVS Cup, it has been amazing to see how we have been improving with every outing, and as far as the batting is concerned, we almost touched perfection on Wednesday.

I can sympathise with the Indians for having to relive the World Cup finals once again, for the main protagonists was exactly the same as the ones at the Wanderers on March 23.

On the Indian side, Sachin Tendulkar looks in good touch, and seems to be getting to the peak of his powers as he approaches the Australian tour. We have great regard for what he, along with Dravid, Ganguly and Laxman are capable of.

As a bowler it's been a great challenge to bowl to these guys who together make one of the most formidable line-ups in cricket today.

Right now, I guess an India-Australia finals would make for the most dramatic finale, but if the Kiwis get through, I think that we will be happy to see that the opponents don't enjoy crowd support as well as a home advantage.

I have been in touch with the guys in India through text messages, and all of them seem to be enjoying this tour. Last Saturday was my birthday, and it was nice to see that the guys remembered to wish me. I'm dying to get back to the top of my run-up.

First Published: Nov 14, 2003 01:23 IST