LEE ENJOYS WORLD CUP

Australia player Brett lee, 34 years old, is enjoying his World Cup games in India. Brett Lee has said: I have not been at my best in the longer forms of the game in India, but have done well in T20. I’m here to enjoy my cricket without expecting anything. Nobody expected me to return to the Australia side but here I am. The determination is still there.
The game is purely about batting. The batsmen just walk in and tee off.

Earlier, one for 40 off 10 overs was good for a bowler. Now, about 55 in 10 overs for a couple of wickets means a bowler has done a pretty good job. As a bowler, you just get along with it.

FREDDIE WANTS COLLY BACK HOME

Former England captain Andrew Flintoff believes Paul Collingwood should return home early after his poor tour of Australia to focus on the World Cup.

Collingwood managed just 83 runs during a Test series England’s batsman otherwise dominated, before scores of 16, six and one in the limited overs series so far.

Flintoff believes the all-rounder would be better served by getting away from cricket and return to his family, with his wife expecting a child next month.

“I’d be tempted for him to come home, because in the World Cup we’re going to be need him playing well,” Flintoff said.

“Sometimes you can try too hard.

“When it’s not happening, you practice and you work so hard and you’re thinking about it, you’re dissecting your technique and you’re thinking about what’s going on.

“I found from time to time, just to get away from it, go and play with the kids or play golf, do whatever you do.

“Just have a break. It’s amazing when you come back, everything you thought was going wrong just disappears.”

Flintoff also voiced concern that England were unsure what their best team was less than a month before their World Cup opener against Holland in Nagpur on February 22.

“We need to find our best team as fast as we can and play it,” he told BBC Sport.

“Out of the three World Cups I played in, four weeks before we never quite knew our best XI. It’s a bit concerning to see England in the same boat.

CLARKE INSPIRES CRICKET VCTORY

AUSTRALIA has clawed back some credibility after a disastrous Test campaign by securing the one-day series with an emphatic win in the fifth match at the Gabba.

Jeers turned to cheers as Michael Clarke snapped a horror run with the bat to inspire the win.

Despite Chris Woakes (6-45) grabbing the second-best one-day figures ever by an Englishman in only his second ODI, stand-in skipper Clarke (54) was the man of the moment after Australia’s 51-run victory.

Only late hitting by Steve Finn (35) and James Anderson (20 not out) in a 53-run 10th wicket stand helped England reach 198 before they were bowled out in the 46th over in reply to Australia’s 249.

Shane Watson took 3-25.

The woefully out of nick Clarke was savagely booed when he took the crease as he felt the heat for a lean summer which included just 70 runs from four ODIs at 17.50 this series.