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Adelaide, Feb 16 (UNI) Inform Australian pace spearhead Breet Lee is likely to be rested in the CB series match against India tomorrow.

Lee earns a well-deserved rest after working tirelessly to establish himself as the bowler of the season, taking 40 wickets in six Tests and eight in the triangular ODI tournament so far.

Mitchell Johnson, who might get the new ball in Lee's absence, admits the break is a good move for him.

''Brett's having a well-deserved rest. It's very important.

I had a break during the Twenty20 game against India earlier in the month, and understand that rest periods are very good for the bowlers,'' Johnson said.

Keeping in mind the long summer and the fact that the tournament has just reached the halfway mark, the Australian management thought it would be wiser to preserve their most precious bowler instead of overburdening him.

Meanwhile, India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni believes that the Australian firepower will not diminish in Lee's absence.

''They are a good bowling side with or without Lee. They've the power to get batsmen out,'' Dhoni said as his team came out for their third and final practice session before the game.

However, Dhoni emphasised that tomorrow's encounter is important and indicated that India still holds the edge in the wake of their five-wicket victory against Australia in Melbourne.

Dhoni stated that it is difficult to ascertain which of the two teams have the momentum, but based his confidence on the fast-improving performances of his young batsmen and bowlers.

''The bowlers have taken up the responsibility and raised the level of their performance. Now the key is to be consistent,'' he added.


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