Australia's pace attack will be decisive in Ashes series - Brett Lee

Brett Lee described Pat Cummins as 'once in a generation' bowler
Brett Lee described Pat Cummins as 'once in a generation' bowler

Former pacer Brett Lee believes Australia's superior pace attack will be a dominant factor in the upcoming Ashes series against England that kicks off in the final week of November.

Josh Hazlewood has been one of the mainstay of the attack as seen during the recent tour of India where he picked a six-wicket haul in Bangalore while Mitchell Starc is expected to return from a foot injury soon to take the new ball.

Playing his second Test after a break of six years, Pat Cummins showed a lot of promise in the Border-Gavaskar series where he picked eight wickets in two Tests and is likely to be joined by James Pattinson as the fourth seamer after his successful comeback in domestic cricket.

The 40-year-old believes Australia have the edge over England in terms of variety in their pace attack.

"I would be (scared), absolutely," Lee said after launching the cricket training kit which will be sold on Amazon's India portal.

"It's a pretty serious pace barrage that you've got. Australian bowling stocks now are pretty healthy.

"Hazlewood is more of hitting the good length, day in and day out. With Starc you will be full, short, good length, yorkers, the whole thing.

"Two completely different bowlers but complementing each other because they are building pressure from each end. Then you throw in someone like a Pat Cummins. It's a pretty handy attack."

Lee also lavished praise on the comeback man Cummins, who was impressive in the series against Virat Kohli's men.

"What Pat Cummins can bring is pace, aggression, control and anything between that. He is a once in a generation bowler and you have got to harness that amazing talent".

The five match series will be played between 23rd November and 4th January 2018 with Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Melbourne and Sydney being the venues.

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