India have lost the mental edge: Lee

Feb 03, 2012, 12:38 IST | Agencies

Veteran Australian pacer Brett Lee believes India have lost the mental edge this summer and his team would look to take full advantage of the tourists' slump by preventing them from getting on board in any format.

India were blanked 0-4 in Tests and have also lost the first of the two Twenty20s as well. Lee said given the seemingly low morale of the visitors, the Aussies would continue to come hard at them.

"I do think the momentum does get carry through, the mental edge as well. The way the Test players played, which is why it's so important for us to try and win, so come Sunday night, even though we are not playing against India, we get a great roll on from Twenty20 into one-day matches," said Lee ahead of second Twenty20 international at the MCG on Friday.

"Everyone wants a clean sweep. We want to make sure India doesn't go on board this Australian summer," said Lee, who started the rot in Indian innings in Sydney the other night by claiming a wretched Virender Sehwag in his very first over.

Ominously, Lee opined his Twenty20 side wasn't perfect in Sydney.

"We didn't play the perfect game the other night. There were a few things which were scratchy, I think due to weather and the circumstances.

Lee, who has retired from Test cricket after picking up 310 wickets from 76 matches at 30.81 average, is now a force to reckon with in ODIs and T20s having claimed 357 and 23 wickets at averages of 22.89 and 27.69 respectively.

Lee said the hosts' Twenty20 side is still finding its feet in international arena.

"It was a great win for us. A chance for us to find ourselves as a team as well. There are heaps and heaps of new guys at the same place, at the same time."

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