Lee looks to add variety to his repertoire

Last Updated: Jan 19, 2011, 18:09 PM IST

Melbourne: Brett Lee is all set to travel with a bag full of tricks to the sub-continent as Australia look ahead to clinch the fourth successive World Cup title starting next month.

The speedster who was included in the 15-member World Cup squad yesterday said, "The batsmen are trying different things and to counter those shots it`s important the bowler works on the things in the nets and tries things as well, and that`s happened for me.

"With the slower wickets it`s still important you bowl fast over there but you need the extra bit of things in your repertoire. It`s slower bouncers, wide lines and these types of different balls," the 34-year-old explained.

Though still capable of posing a serious challenge to the best in the business with discomforting pace, sometimes even searing above 150 kmph, Lee has looked to add variety to his existing armoury.

The fast bowler has off late developed a slow-ball bouncer that New South Wales coach Matthew Mott described as "one of the best in world cricket."

Ecstatic at his inclusion in the squad Lee, who missed the last World Cup in the Caribbean four years ago, told Sydney Morning Herald, "All the pieces are fitting in the jigsaw puzzle, it`s all going according to plan."

"I was hoping to be available and to be chosen and that`s happened. As I said, this is a massive moment in my career and one that I`m very proud of," said Lee, second only to Glenn McGrath on Australia`s all-time ODI wicket-takers list.

Lee`s intent to be a part of Australia`s World Cup defence can be gauged from the fact that he has visited India three times in recent months to get acclimatised to slower decks in the region besides catering to his growing off-field interests.

"There`s no reason why someone from Australia can`t be successful in bowling on those wickets," the paceman said.

"It`s a matter of learning as much as you can on those wickets. It doesn`t really matter what sort of wicket you`re playing on if you`re bowling 150km through the air and hitting the right areas then it`s going to be quite difficult or scary for the batsmen," Lee added.

Lee will spearhead the Kangaroo pace battery of Mitchell Johnson, Shaun Tait and Doug Bollinger as Australia look to go all guns blazing in a region that has traditionally favoured spin. Nathan Hauritz is the only spinner in the Aussie ranks.

PTI