Brett Lee: India vs Australia has no love lost – but on par with Ashes as pinnacle of cricket

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India’s upcoming tour to Australia at the end of the year will be their first international tour amid the COVID-19 situation across the globe. The series is going to be the nail-biting one as two of the best teams will take on each other. Even, from an economical point of view, the series will hold a lot of importance series for Cricket Australia as well amid this crunch situation.

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The last time India successfully defeated Australia by 2-1 and made history in 2018-19 which was their maiden Test series win on their backyard. This time, they will play three T20Is, 3 ODIs and four-match Test series. Meanwhile, former Australian speedster Brett Lee recently spoke to Times of India about why the series will be important for world cricket.

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“The tour is so important. Anytime that India gets the chance to tour Australia or vice versa. It always was 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. There’s definitely no love lost, but the two nations appreciate the cricket which they play,” Lee said.

“In the situation that we’ve been through with COVID-19, I think everyone has been in their house for a number of months. If there is some way that we can get cricket played in Australia, which I’m sure that we can, in a number of months’ time, I think it’s really really important for world cricket. It’s very important for Australian cricket, but also, it’s important for the players. The players (India and Australia) love playing against each other,” Brett Lee shared.

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“I see this being the silver lining of what’s been a pretty dark, low end of summer and winter for us. Obviously for you guys too. But it’s been a horrible time in the world and I know we can’t change the deaths, we can’t change what has happened, but hopefully, playing sports will put a smile on people’s faces,” Lee, who has 718 international wickets in his kitty, added.

However, the 2020 ICC T20 World Cup is likely to be postponed amid the COVID-19 crisis which was earlier scheduled to take place in Australia from October 18 to November 15. On the other hand, India is scheduled to host the T20 World Cup in 2021.

“My honest take is that it (2020 T20 World Cup in Australia) will be pushed back. I think the ICC are trying their best to manage. It’s very hard to manage 16 teams. Period. Even when there’s no COVID-19. It’s very hard to get 16 teams in one nation. That takes a lot of organisation. But when you throw in the pandemic that we’re going through and what the world’s been through, and they get 16 nations to travel, it’s a big task,” the former pace bowler expressed.

So, I think the ICC are probably doing the right thing and just taking as much time as possible in order to try to make sure that they know exactly the situation in Australia. But my gut feeling is that they will push it back. And if they have got that window to push it back, then why not? If it’s safer to push it back, push it back,” Brett Lee concluded.

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