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New Era For Australia, Says Brett Lee

Australian fast bowler Brett Lee believes his side are entering a new era as they embark on life without record-breaking bowlers Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne. Both men retired after the 2006/7 Ashes series, which Australia famously won 5-0, with their next engagement being two tests against Sri Lanka in November. "It is the start of a new era but it's exciting times," Lee said. "In the hard test matches we've always been able to turn to Glenn McGrath or Shane Warne to try to take a wicket and get that breakthrough but now we haven't got that." 30-year-old Lee is likely to lead the attack with Stuart Clark alongside him and one of either Shaun Tait or Mitchell Johnson completing the attack. "I'm looking forward to having a chance of bowling with Shaun Tait because he's got great pace and great aggression and that's what I pride myself on," Lee added. "What I can say on Mitchell Johnson is that when he has had the opportunity to bowl with the brand new ball he has always done well." New coach Tim Nielsen and captain Ricky Ponting also have to choose a new opening partner for Matthew Hayden after Justin Langer also retired earlier this year. Phil Jaques and Brad Hodge appear to be the frontrunners for the role. Langer himself believes Hodge should be given the chance to open: He is too good a player not to be playing test cricket," Langer told Melbourne Radio. "Hodgey to make as many runs as he has at No. 3 in first-class cricket, he's obviously got the technique and the temperament to cope at any position."
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