Lee cautious ahead of India tie

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Sydney, Feb 23 (UNI) Ahead of Australia's CB series tie against India here tomorrow, a cautious Brett Lee heaped praise on the visitors, saying they are the toughest side to bat in world cricket.

''Sri Lanka and India are very hard teams to play against but for the moment, it looks India is the toughest side to beat,'' Lee said. ''If India gets a great start, they are very hard to pull back... A few guys in Sri Lanka can also fire. It's a tough question but I've always enjoyed playing against India, testing yourself against Sachin Tendulkar. If you can prove yourself against the best, you know you are going alright.'' According to Lee, Australia would face a tough fight if India made it to the best-of-three finals.

The 31-year-old, who was rested for Australia's previous two CB series games, will return refreshed and ready to fire in tomorrow's match.

''I will play tomorrow. We have had this thing through our sports scientists which showed I have bowled well above the limit I should have bowled this summer. But I have been allowed (a rest) to freshen up and would be ready to steam in again tomorrow,'' he said.

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