Lee seeks advice from Wasim for reverse swing

Written by Kashif Aziz on April 24th, 2006   (96 views)

Pakistan’s former cricket captain Wasim Akram may be ignored back in his country but he is clearly in demand abroad and after Irfan Pathan, Australian speedster Brett Lee turned to Sultan of Swing to master art of reverse swing ahead of the Ashes.

“I think soon in the Ashes, we will be seeing Brett Lee bowling reverse swing,” a report quoted Wasim as saying.

Akram, one of early practitioners of the art, said that he gave tips to Lee and his other pace partners, which would help them improve but felt that bowlers needed to work real hard to truly master the art.

“It was about action, about seam, a lot of talk about reverse swing,” Wasim said. “These guys want to improve, so they want to ask the top cricketers for advice and that’s good. I did tell them little details about reverse swing,” he added.

Australia have appointed Troy Cooley as their new bowling coach, who is widely credited for new found English ability to reverse swing the ball, to prepare themselves for the Ashes challenge and regain the trophy they lost last summer.

Lee said that word of advice from Akram would help him and his fellow pacemen but conceded that the art was still to be mastered.

“We spoke about a number of things from conventional swing to reverse swing and different lines and lengths,” Lee said. “He gave us a few pointers and ways to try and get the ball to swing a bit more. England did it very well last year when we played against them in the Ashes,” he added.

Source: The News

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