Lee's absence could hurt Australia

Updated: 04 March 2008 08:56 IST

India will seek to take full advantage of Brett Lee's absence as they go into the tri-series one-dayer against Australia on Sunday.

Lee's absence could hurt Australia

Adelaide:

India will seek to take full advantage of Brett Lee's absence as they go into the tri-series one-dayer against Australia on Sunday.

The famed Indian batting order fell like ninepins in the first tri-series ODI in Brisbane and the nemesis was Brett lee, who returned with figures of 5 for 27.

Lee now tops the bowling charts in the tri-series, which is why it's heartening news for India that he will be rested in Adelaide.

"Brett is having a well deserved rest and I am very happy to go and lead Australia's bowling attack. I am looking forward to it and hopefully we can give it to the Indians," said Mitchell Johnson, 6 Tests & 29 ODIs for Australia.

Stepping into Lee's shoes will be a tall task indeed. Binga's five-wicket haul in the first match of the tri-series was his second against India, the previous one coming in 2006.

"They are a good bowling side with or without Brett Lee. They have the power to get the batsman out. I think Brett Lee has been one of their key bowlers in the summer. I think that will definitely have an effect. It depends on the bowler who is coming in," said MS Dhoni, Captain, Indian Cricket Team.

After four days break in the city of churches, the Indians will be back in business with lessons learnt from the Sri Lanka game. However what remains their biggest worry is the form of Yuvraj Singh.

"I would personally like to get Yuvraj out after 20th over. A lot of emphasis is give on the opening and the last ten overs, but the game is set up in the middle overs, which is why you would want your best batsman to come. Yuvraj is our key batsman. He may not be getting runs but he can bounce back, may be next game," said MS Dhoni.

With Australia almost certain to make it to the finals, the pressure is clearly on India. They lost the last match against Sri Lanka but will hope to carry on the form they sported against Australia in Melbourne, last Sunday.

Topics : Cricket Australia
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