Former Australian spearhead Brett Lee has given his verdict on the use of two balls in One Day International cricket and believes that the game should now be made 'bowler friendly'. Lee spoke on the contrary to the discussions on the limited-overs format being made 'batting friendly'.
The Aussie pacer feels that a 250-280 score is a good total to chase instead of setting gigantic targets which are hard to chase, thus setting mounting pressure on the opponents.
"What the bowlers need are the wickets. They have to get wickets that (are) not totally flat (batting tracks) where someone scores 400 or someone gets a 450 score... I still think that a 250-280 score, max, is a good total," Lee told IANS.
Earlier this month, England made 481 for six against Australia in an ODI, drawing negative reactions from Indian cricketers Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly.
Tendulkar has also called the ICC rule of using two new balls in ODIs as "a perfect recipe for disaster". What's Lee's take on it?
"I don't think there's an issue if they use one ball in 50 overs or two balls. Having two new balls in one day cricket can assist the bowlers," said the 41-year-old, explaining that a 25-over-old ball can aid conventional swing.
However, he said the negative of using two balls is that "it doesn't get old enough for reverse swing", which he said is a "very important tool" for bowlers today.
Considered one of the most successful bowlers for Australia (718 wickets/2,728 runs), Lee said that to make the game "bowler friendly", it's important to ensure a conducive pitch with "good grass coverage".
"That for me is the easiest way to do it... I'm not saying have an actual green top, but just have something for the bowlers to work with," said Lee.
As someone who loves India, its culture and people, Lee has been closely associated with philanthropic efforts in the country. The former Aussie cricketer is one of the most beloved players in India and is often seen around whenever he gets a chance.
"Every time I come to India, I feel like I am a part of this beautiful country. I feel so welcomed. India has accepted me as part of its own, which I am so humble and so grateful for."
(With IANS Inputs)