Pitches That Give Bowlers Something To Work With Need To Be Curated: Brett Lee

Pitches That Give Bowlers Something To Work With Need To Be Curated: Brett Lee

Pitches That Give Bowlers Something To Work With Need To Be Curated: Brett Lee

New Delhi: Former Australian fast bowler Brett Lee said he wants One-day International (ODI) cricket to return to the days when a 250-280 run total was considered competitive. Lee feels that today cricket has become more of a batsmen friendly game and the pitches that give bowlers something to work with need to be curated. 
Brett Lee is a popular face on Indian television, and he says he always feel “so welcomed” in India.
"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 news agency IANS on the phone from Sydney.
Earlier this month, in an ODI against England, Australian bowlers were hit for 481 runs, which also drew negetive reactions from Indian cricketers Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly.
Tendulkar posted on Twitter saying that 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 also added the negetive of using the two balls that, "it doesn't get old enough for reverse swing", which he said is a "very important tool" for bowlers today.
Lee is considered to be one of the most successfull Australian bowler (718 wickets/2,728 runs), and he feels to make the game "bowler friendly", it's important to ensure a conducive pitch with "good grass coverage".

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"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 the brand ambassador of Vitamin D friendly sunscreen Solar D which has been launched in India through Amazon India.
As someone who loves India, its culture and people, Lee has been closely associated with philanthropic efforts in the country.
"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."
This latest association -- to do with a product that lets through some of the UVB light that the body uses to produce Vitamin D while providing sun protection -- he says is one way of "giving back" to people as it concerns their health and well-being.
Lee said, people are increasingly looking out to take care of their skin, and for tht they use sunscreens thinking that they are protecting themselves from skin cancer, but while doing so they are also blocking out the good stuff that the body needs.
Lee also expressed concern about children these days preferring to remain indoors and indulging in computer or phone games instead of playing outdoors, saying "Your body needs some sunlight in order to make Vitamin D.”
"This epidemic of people being obese, overweight and unhealthy needs to change. If everyone remains indoors and does not step out and breathe fresh air, take in a bit of sunlight... their body will not be physically fit. It's like charging the battery for your phone. If we don't go out and charge our bodies with natural sunlight, we're going to end up with Vitamin D deficiency."
He also said that skin awareness is extremely important, which is something he was taught as a child, and now he is hoping to spread awareness about it.

                                                                                 

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(Inputs From News Agency IANS) 

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