Lee backs pace partner

Aussie paceman backs fellow speedster as questions continue about his action.

Last Updated: 16/12/07 11:42am

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Lee and Tait: Pace attack

Lee and Tait: Pace attack

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Brett Lee has defended pace partner Shaun Tait's bowling action amidst further rumblings from the New Zealand camp.

Tait and Lee are promising to form a formidable express pace attack as the two men finally get to bowl in tandem during the recent one-dayers against the Black Caps.

However, the New Zealanders have been unofficially questioning Tait's slingshot action and questions have been raised about the legality of the South Australian's action at the crease.

The two men caused New Zealand big problems during the opening Chappell-Hadlee series victory, but they were unable to get at their rivals properly again on Sunday as the second match in Sydney was rained off.

Lee still took the time to back his team-mate though, insisting that there is nothing untoward about Tait's bowling action.

"When a bloke bowls over 150ks there's always going to be questions," Lee insisted.

"He's not got a problem with his action; he's got the perfect bowling action.

"I'm happy to stick up for Shaun Tait because I've bowled alongside him a few times and I haven't seen anything wrong with his action.

"Shaun Tait isn't worried about it. They (the Kiwis) are entitled to their opinion and we'll leave it at that."

Question marks

Lee admits that Tait will face a tough spell in his career if his action continues to be questioned, as the same thing happened to Lee early in his career.

"That was probably the hardest thing I had to go through early on in my career when someone said my action wasn't prefect and they did question my action," Lee added.

"Those first couple of nights where you get questioned, they question your integrity.

"They're basically saying you're not playing cricket in the right spirit, you're cheating basically.

"Luckily it went to a panel of 10 and it came back 10-nil in my favour, so there wasn't a problem with my action.

"It was a really tough time but I've got that behind me now, I've moved on.

"I know with Shaun Tait, with people coming out and saying he might have a problem with his action, it's going to be tough for him."

Lee did manage to take 2-12 as New Zealand slipped to 30-3 before heavy rain saved them and the game was called off.

Australia remain 1-0 up in the series heading into the final match in Hobart on Thursday.

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