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Updated: October 8, 2009 13:55 IST

Lee mum on match-fixing charges on Aus-Pak tie

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Australian speedster Brett Lee refused to comment on allegations that his team’s Champions Trophy match against Pakistan was fixed and said he had little hope of the eventual champions winning in the thriller.

“It’s not for me to comment on the issue (allegations of match-fixing against Pakistani players) at this point of time, it’s for the ICC to say,” Lee told reporters.

Pakistani cricketers were accused of throwing away that match by a parliamentarian there, who said Younus Khan’s men deliberately underperformed to ensure India’s exit from the eight-nation tourney, that was won by Australia.

Lee and spinner Nathan Hauritz helped Australia scrape through in the match by taking a risky single off the second last ball to first tie the match and then ran a bye to eventually win it off the last delivery.

Lee said he feared losing the match. “On the second last ball, when we needed two of two, I thought we wouldn’t make it through,” he said.

“On the second last ball, I told Nathan that we have to run no matter what because even a tie would be enough for us. We did that and on the last ball, I just took off without even hitting the ball and we got through,” he said.

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