India-Australia Test rivalry is at par with the Ashes: Brett Lee
Lee reiterated the fact that India's tour to Australia is not just important to the fans, but also to the cricketers and especially Cricket Austalia.
Updated - Jul 21, 2020 4:50 pm
Former Australian speedster, a nightmare to the batsmen with his pace, Brett Lee has opined that the people and the players both look forward to Australia facing up against the sub-continent giants, India and this rivalry is now at par with the prestigious Ashes series, the Australia-England‘s bickering contest.
The Indian cricket team is scheduled to play an ICC World Test Championship series against Australia later this year, where the Men in Blue look forward to defending the esteemed Border-Gavaskar trophy. In 2018/19, Virat Kohli-led Team India won the Test series making them the first Indian side in over 70 years to beat the Kangaroos at their own den.
As the Kangaroos look to avenge their defeat against India, this series is going be an intense contest between the two teams. Indian players are slated to travel to Australia for a three T20I, 3 ODI, and a 4-match Border-Gavaskar trophy Test series.
Brett Lee marks India-Australia rivalry as the best
Looking ahead to the most anticipated series, the former Aussie pacer told that the contest between two titans of World Cricket is perhaps the best competition to watch in the cricketing circuit at the moment. The 43-year-old has also mentioned that this tour is very essential for World cricket at the moment and the rivalry provides the competition of the highest order.
“The tour is so important. Anytime that India gets the chance to tour Australia or vice versa. It was always Australia versus England in the Ashes. That was always the pinnacle. I do believe now that this (India vs Australia) is definitely at par. When Australia play India in a Test series, that’s definitely right up there with the best competition to watch and the best rivalry,” Brett Lee said as quoted by TOI.
Lee reiterated the fact that India’s tour to Australia is not just important to the fans, but also to the cricketers and especially Cricket Austalia. He concluded by stating that there was no love lost between the two teams.
A two-time ICC World Cup champion and one of the most feared bowlers of his generation, Lee has taken 718 international wickets for Australia (all formats included). He played a lot of Test Cricket against India and picked up 53 wickets, including two five-wicket hauls to his name.