Forget about best in the world, this Aussie attack can aim much higher, says Brett Lee

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Forget about being the best pace attack in the world, Brett Lee believes Australia’s current crop of quicks could go down among the best ever.

Australia blew Pakistan away by more than an innings in both Tests this past fortnight, with left-arm quick Mitchell Starc (14 wickets at 17) taking more wickets than the entirety of the touring attack.

He was not fighting a lone cause either, with Josh Hazlewood (10 wickets at 22.00) shining and Pat Cummins (eight at 32.12) on a different level to what his figures suggested.

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“These three will potentially go down as a trio that can surpass any era,” Fox Cricket expert Lee told the Follow On Podcast. “When you talk about fast bowlers they hunt in a pack, but it’s generally only two bowlers that you mention. Lillee (Dennis Lillee) and Thommo (Jeff Thomson).

“You think about the great West Indian bowlers, there were about four of them but normally there’s two that work together. On this occasion we’ve got three, and we’ve got three amazing bowlers that are all doing a great job. They will go down in the history books.”

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All three of Cummins (131 wickets at 22.10), Starc (229 at 27.57) and Hazlewood (194 at 26.33) average in the 20s with the ball. Cummins currently tops the rankings, while Hazlewood is ninth and Starc is likely to surge up from 18th spot after his six-for at Adelaide.

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Lee says there is more to them than just their numbers, noting that they are even stronger as a collective than they are as individuals.

“If you’ve got three bowlers that all do the same job and the same role you go, ‘well we can probably get rid of one, try an all-rounder’, but they’re three different bowlers,” Lee said, noting Starc’s left-arm angle and velocity, Cummins’ adaptability and Hazlewood’s metronomic consistency.

“These three guys that complement each other.”

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