Brett Lee feels Australia’s current bowling attack, which has been boosted by the return of Pat Cummins, provides the best chance for the team to to regain the Ashes back from England, during the series later this year Down Under. The Ashes 2017-18 begins November 23 with the opening Test slated at The Gabba in Brisbane. Along with the likes of other pacers Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood, the chances to regain the Ashes have got a fresh shot in the arm, thinks Lee. ENG can retain Ashes if Cook performs in AUS, feels Berry
“What Pat Cummins can bring is pace, aggression, control and anything between that. He is a once in a generation bowler and you have got to harness that amazing talent,” he said in an interview with Reuters. Also, when asked if Lee would be eager to face a pace attack like the one Australia possess now, he promptly said, “I would be [scared], absolutely. It’s a pretty serious pace barrage that you’ve got. Australian bowling stocks now are pretty healthy. Hazlewood is more of hitting the good length, day in and day out. With Starc you will be full, short, good length, yorkers, the whole thing. Two completely different bowlers but complementing each other because they are building pressure from each end. Then you throw in someone like a Pat Cummins. It’s a pretty handy attack.” Anderson: AUS look like a really promising team
Speaking on Steven Smith and how he has shaped the current Australian side, Lee said, “After [former captain] Michael Clarke, you got Steven Smith taking over, and I think he’s building his own team, which is a terrific team. It’s a team that are very close and a team that’s going to be around for a long time now. You have got some young guys coming. Matt Renshaw is just 21-years-old. Peter Handscomb has come on and just taken to test cricket like a duck to water.” Anderson hopeful of injury-free summer ahead of Ashes 2017-18
“You throw in Pat Cummins, he’s back in the mix after five-and-half-years in absence of not playing Test cricket. You got some people that are injecting in some youth, some experience. Australia is in a very good spot,” he added.
Talking about the new England Test captain, Joe Root, Lee said, “He’s a class act … His stats back it up and proved that he is such an amazing talent. He’s ranked among the top four-five batsmen in the world. And you throw in the captaincy with that. I am actually looking forward to seeing how he goes on the Australian wickets.”