Chandigarh, Oct 16 : Australian spearhead Brett Lee on Wednesday said he hoped to fire on all cylinders after his subdued start in the drawn first test.
The 31-year-old Lee took just one wicket in each innings as India frustrated the Australian side by salvaging a draw, batting through most of the final day on an uneven pitch in Bangalore. One of the fastest bowlers in the world, Lee said the bouncy pitch for the second test at Mohali suited him.
"Hopefully the wicket has got a bit of carry, this is traditionally a bouncy wicket here in India. The one in Bangalore was a bit low and slow. I had a look at the pitch today, it is going to be pretty hard until a few days up. But the way it looks and the way it has played recently, it got a bit of carry, so it's encouraging for young fast bowlers, hopefully that will be the case," said Lee to reporters at Chandigarh. Lee missed the home one-day series against Bangladesh for personal reasons and his bowling in the drawn four-day warm-up prompted skipper Ricky Ponting to say he was a bit "underdone" entering the series.
The bowler with 291 test scalps has assumed the lead role after Glenn McGrath retired last year and heads a young pace attack in India. Meanwhile, India's coach Gary Kirsten down played concerns of the fitness and form of skipper Anil Kumble ahead of the second test against Australia starting on Friday.
Kumble, test cricket's third-highest wicket-taker, failed to take a wicket and suffered a shoulder strain as his team scrambled a draw in the first test in Bangalore.
Kirtsten said he hoped the leg spinner, who turns 38 on Friday would come back strongly in the second test.
"We don't look at the form after one test, we look at it over a long period of time. And you know he (Anil Kumble) is certainly one of the greatest players ever and as you do with champions, when you struggle over a period of time they always come up strong. So I am very excited about this time for Anil because I have no doubt that he is going to be more determined and come back and put in match winning performance as he has done all these 17 years for India," said Kirsten to reporters at Chandigarh.
Kumble, who has taken 616 wickets from 131 tests, hit back at talk about his possible retirement. Several senior batsmen are rumoured to be set to retire while Saurav Ganguly has said he would quit after the current four-test series. Ricky Ponting, who averaged less than 13 in India before the series, ended his poor record by hitting 123 for his 35th test hundred. However, the skipper was frustrated after his pace bowlers failed to skittle India out on an uneven fifth day pitch.