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Lee not surprised by Chennai track

Former Australian speedster Brett Lee today said he was not surprised by the Chennai pitch and backed his country to bounce back in the four-Test series despite suffering an eight-wicket defeat in the first match against India at the M A Chidambaram Stadium.

“I am not surprised by the conditions over here. The ball does turn square in India but we all know that as foreign players coming over here we have to deal with the conditions here... because when you are playing in India, it’s all about how do we deal with the spin and we know that that’s what is going to happen,” 36-year-old Lee said at a promotional event.

“We should choose a team that is appropriate, naturally when you have to play spin. I am not surprised with the (turning) wickets when you know it is going to happen in India,” said Lee.

The Chennai pitch, on which the Indian spin trio of R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Harbhajan Singh captured all 20 Australian wickets, had drawn criticism as the track turned from the first day itself, but Lee said one always expects spinning pitches in India.

The ex-pacer, who took 310 wickets from 76 Tests, was optimistic about Australia’s chances in the remainder of the rubber and cautioned against writing off the team led by Michael Clarke. “I just think with what has happened in the series, India one-nil up its exciting. But don’t write Australia off yet.
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