Australian fast bowling great –Brett Lee, on Sunday, was outspoken about the on-field altercations that has been happening too rarely in world cricket saying he doesn’t want to see ‘robots’ on the field but the players should not cross the line.
His comment came following the infamous Kagiso Rabada-Steve Smith saga during the ongoing controversial Test series between Australia and South Africa.
Former cricketer-turned-commentator Lee further said that emotion and aggression are part of the game, but the players should control it and should not cross the line.
According to a report in AFP, Lee told reporters in Colombo, “The thing that I will say about that, in all honesty, is we don't want robots on the field. Of course, there is a line that the players should not cross. You don't racially vilify someone. You don't use excessive swearing or stuff that can upset children who are listening in. Other than that you've got to play hard cricket.”
He further added, “Now I am not saying I agree with what happened and I am not saying that I don't agree with what happened, but what I can say is that we don't want to get into a stage where players can't even look at a batsman, batsman can't even look at a bowler without getting into trouble.”
Although, the former Aussie did not give any verdict over Rabada’s act against Smith, but said he like watching his bowling. He further added on Rabada, “He's good, I like him. Gets good shape on the ball. He comes around the wicket a fair bit to the left-handers, which I like and has got good pace and aggression and that's what you need.”
Meanwhile, the Commentator was also highly impressed with Bangladesh fast bowler Rubel Hossain for his variations, including consistent use of the Yorker, throughout the Nidahas Trophy in Sri Lanka.
Lee signed off by saying, “To me, he is a guy that probably has been the only one in this tournament that has kept the seam upright, comes off a short run-up and he bowls a good yorker. Yes, guys have been bowling yorkers throughout the tournament but I want to see it more often.”