Former Australian pacer Brett Lee, who has been given an extra role as the bowling mentor by his IPL team Kolkata Knight Riders, said it provides a great opportunity to prove himself in the side.

“I am very pleased with the new role and it is a great opportunity for me. Wasim (Akram) had some commitment with his family and the task has now come upon me. I am definitely enjoying my new role,” said Lee said after the team’s practice on Friday.

Lee, who arrived with Ryan ten Doeschate of the Netherlands earlier in the day, said it is always special representing the defending champion.

“The task is tough this time as we have to come out of the last year’s triumph and start afresh. The best thing is to appreciate what we did last year and keep moving on,” he said.

Kallis, the key

When asked who would be the key bowlers in the side, Lee said the South African all-rounder Jacques Kalis will be one key man in the team’s attack.

“We have good bowlers in the side like Kalis, (Pradeep) Sangwan and (Laxmipathy) Balaji among others. Kalis is one of the best cricketers in the world and he always plays a big role in any side,’” Lee said.

Lee congratulated the way India utilised the conditions in routing his country in the recent Test series. “Australia did not play the best cricket. On the other hand India did very well in using the conditions. India outplayed Australia in understanding the conditions and adjusting accordingly,” he said.

Lee also wished the seriously-injured New Zealand batsman Jesse Ryder a speedy recovery.

“It’s shocking and terrible news and I hope he gets well soon,” said Lee about Ryder.

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