India ‘need to find bowlers who can bowl at 140kph’ for the World Cup, says Brett Lee

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“India need to really show they have dominating fast bowlers as the wickets will be fast and bouncy”

Legendary Australia pace bowler Brett Lee has announced that India “need to find bowlers who can bowl at 140kph” prior to the start of the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

Lee made these comments since both countries are renowned for having pace-friendly pitches.

“An Australia-India final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground would be fantastic and incredible,” Lee said. “There will be a full house. India have very good batsmen and great spinners. But they need to find bowlers who can bowl at 140kph.

“India need to really show they have dominating fast bowlers as the wickets will be fast and bouncy. For them to put their best foot forward they have to find fast bowlers.”

Lee also believes that Australia will be a force to be reckoned with during the World Cup, especially if left-arm pace bowler Mitchell Johnson keeps up his red-hot form with the ball.

“Australia will be hosting the World Cup in 2015 and we should be ready for that,” he said. “Mitchell Johnson has been outstanding and has led the turnaround with his moustache. He has been fast and aggressive and has changed the face of Australian cricket.

“Added to that is (wicketkeeper-batsman) Brad Haddin and coach Darren Lehmann who makes the players more comfortable. Australia has been a lot more confident. They have played some great cricket and look a fantastic side.”

Lee added that he believes the Indian Premier League (IPL) was responsible for helping Johnson find his form once again.

“He played for Mumbai Indians in IPL which provided him the opportunity (last season) to bowl fast and under pressure,” Lee said. “He impressed everyone in Australia by bowling fast again and developing his game.”

The 37-year-old also paid tribute to South Africa captain Graeme Smith, who announced his retirement from Test cricket.

“He has been a great leader for South Africa, becoming its captain when in his early 20s,” Lee said. “It was a big challenge. I played (Australian first class) Shield cricket at 22. He is a fantastic cricketer.”

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