'I'm not going to change anything' October 27, 2006

Lee unfazed by dewy surface

Cricinfo staff



Brett Lee has been practising bowling with a wet ball © Getty Images

A potentially dewy surface will not force Brett Lee to rethink his bowling style for Sunday's Champions Trophy match against India, despite his record of occasional chest-high full-tosses with damp white balls. Conditions for the crucial encounter with India are expected to be moist during the second innings but Lee is not concerned.

"I'm not going to go out there and change anything because the ball is a bit wet or because it's a bit dewy," he told The Age. "The only thing the Australian team can do is actually go out there and play the way that we play our cricket. Whether that means bowl second and the ball does get wet ... we just have to deal with it." The last time Lee delivered a bean ball was against New Zealand's Brendon McCullum at Wellington in March 2005.

"We have tried a few things at training, bowling with a wet ball, bowling balls across the seam. If we have to bowl second, we'll try to put that to the back of our minds and just get on with the job."

Australia are expected to use wet balls in training again before the match. "It comes down to basically getting used to controlling them," Nathan Bracken said. "It's a little bit more slippery, so it's just basically getting used to that, making sure you're more fine-tuned as to what you can bowl with it."

Dew has played a role in day-night games in India and the ICC attempted to lessen the impact by using a chemical spray at Mohali on the morning of Pakistan and New Zealand's match on Wednesday. However, the extra moisture still played some part in the evening session, but New Zealand were able to win comfortably despite bowling second.

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