Kochi: The fiery Brett Lee who had batsmen from all over the world scurrying for cover with his raw pace was always a perfectionist. ''My attempt was always to improve my bowling action from the first delivery I bowled in my debut match to the last delivery I bowled on my farewell match,’’ said the mercurial fast bowler.
Aussie Express Brett Lee’s observation is an important piece of information for youngsters taking their baby steps in the game to experienced international cricketers. But then Brett Lee’s life is not always about cricket. Films and Music and charity work form integral part of his life. The super pacer has a collection of 15 guitars including the one signed by pop legend Elton John. Brett Lee visited Manorama Office and interacted with members of Editorial team. Malayala Manorama Senior Editor Riyad Mathew presented a memento to the pacemen. Excerpts from the interaction.
The wickets around the world have changed their character what do you have to say about that?
The wickets in Australia also have changed. Cricket today is of explosive nature and one has to change accordingly. A bowler has to understand the changes and it is important to deliver according to the situation. Changes are inevitable in any kind of work. There will be changes in technology, situation and we have to accept those changes and it is only way to move forward. Cricket is also not immune to changes. After the advent of T20, the game has become faster. Things have changed dramatically from the time I made my debut in 1994. The way bowlers bowl yorkers and full tosses have undergone a lot of changes. The style of batting also has changed.
Your take on frequent injuries to fast bowlers?
It is natural to get injured when you bowl fast. When you bowl you can get injured in the elbow, shoulder, neck... and as a fast bowler there is a chance of getting injured after every delivery. There is no point in giving rest to bowlers for a long time. What they need is proper exercise and practice. But the trend today is that lots of players give more importance to gym work it is not a good habit. What is important is not lifting 200kg in the gym but doing it properly is more important.
Who was your inspiration?
There were a lot of them. However, Steve Waugh was my icon. I was attracted towards his devotion towards the game. I grew up watching him and like me he also loves India.
What do you have to say about small nations playing cricket?
The rise of Afghanistan and Ireland is important for making cricket a global game. The one time minnows Bangladesh have now grown up. Ireland is also playing well. Small teams are now doing well.