June 15, 2002

Lee recalled after first game rest

MELBOURNE, June 14 AAP - Australian speed ace Brett Lee defended his one-day cricket tactics here today as he was recalled to the national eleven.

Lee was the controversial choice for 12th man two days ago when Australia thrashed Pakistan by seven wickets at Colonial Stadium in the opening match of their three-game series.

Opening bowler Jason Gillespie will carry the drinks tomorrow and Lee will take his place.

The series was billed as a pace showdown between Lee and Shoaib Akhtar, the two fastest bowlers in the world.

Shoaib also missed Wednesday's match because of a leg injury, but trained fully today and is expected to play tomorrow.

"In the past, I have been playing under specific instructions from Steve Waugh and they were to bowl fast and take as many wickets as I can," Lee said in a statement released this afternoon through the Australian Cricket Board.

"Under Ricky (Ponting), my instructions for one-day international cricket have changed a little.

"I'm still going to bowl fast, but I have been asked to contain my bowling a little more.

"I'm fully supportive of my new game plan and I'm hoping to be an economical bowler and still take as many wickets for Australia in the future."

Captain Ponting said before game one and again today he wanted Lee to concede fewer runs per over.

After Wednesday's match, Ponting conceded Lee and Andy Bichel were borderline selections for the one-day side and had to start stringing together consistent performances.

Bichel impressed on Wednesday, taking 3-30 from 10 overs.

Ponting said today he wanted all his bowlers to be more miserly, saying it was "fairly unacceptable" Australia had conceded nearly 100 runs in the last 10 overs at times earlier this year against South Africa.

Ponting also made it clear today he had no problem with Lee's attitude, saying they had been working on "a few things" at training this week.

"He's keen to do that, he wants to be a valued member of our side and we know he's going to do his best to make sure he gets his economy rate on the next few games he plays," Ponting said.

"He still is required to be as economical as the other guys, but it's nice for him to have that wicket-taking ability as well.

"He's always going to have that because he's so fast and he can blast guys out." Ponting added Lee probably had to bowl a little slower in one-dayers, but said he would lose his effectiveness if he went down to medium pace.

Ponting had no doubt Pakistan would be much tougher tomorrow night and added he and his team-mates had been surprised "a lot" with the ease of Wednesday's win.

Counterpart Waqar Younis said Pakistan often made a slow start to its Australian trips and would be stronger in game two.

The two captains asked for the bowlers' run-ups and the creases to be dried ahead of tomorrow, because of concerns about players losing their footing.

Australia would no doubt prefer Shoaib did not emulate his team-mates on Wednesday and unleash a top-speed "bean ball" because he lost his footing.

Australia made a second change for tomorrow, with opening batsman Matthew Hayden returning to Brisbane to be with wife Kellie as they expect their first child and Jimmy Maher taking his place.

Pakistan will name its side tomorrow.

AUSTRALIA: Ricky Ponting (capt), Andy Bichel, Adam Gilchrist, Brett Lee, Darren Lehmann, Jimmy Maher, Damien Martyn, Glenn McGrath, Shane Warne, Shane Watson, Jason Gillespie (12th man).