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Tait action is fine, says Lee

Melbourne: Australia spearhead Brett Lee sprang to the defence of Shaun Tait and pooh-poohed the allegation that his teammate has a suspect action.

Tait’s action has been questioned by the New Zealand team during the ongoing Chappell-Hadlee series, but Lee rubbished the allegations and his fellow pacer a clean chit.

“I’ve bowled alongside him a few times now and watched him, and I haven’t seen anything that’s wrong with his action,” Lee was quoted as saying in a newspaper.

Lee said it was but natural for people to question an express bowler like Tait and promised support to him.

“I know with Tait, with people coming out and saying he might have a problem with his action, it’s always going to be tough for him. But he has not got a problem with his action. He has got the perfect bowling action, I think.

“When a guy bowls at over 150 kmph, there are always going to be questions, but I’m always going to back Tait,” Lee said.

Incidentally, Lee too underwent a similar phase early in his career and that maybe one of the reasons why he came out in Tait’s support.

“That was probably the hardest thing I had to go through early on in my career, when someone said that my action wasn’t perfect and they did question my action,” Lee recalled. (PTI)

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