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Brett Lee gives Ireland cricket team a World Cup boost in Australia


Expert advice: Brett Lee has helped Ireland’s bowlers

Expert advice: Brett Lee has helped Ireland’s bowlers

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Expert advice: Brett Lee has helped Ireland’s bowlers

The Ireland World Cup bowlers had their first session in Sydney yesterday with fast bowling great Brett Lee.

The Aussie pace man, who hit speeds in excess of 95mph when bowling out England in the Ashes, has joined the Ireland camp in the final countdown to their first match at the World Cup next Monday against the West Indies in Nelson.

"I was chatting with Simmo (Ireland National Coach Phil Simmons) and he invited me on board," said Lee.

"You always want to pass on what you have learnt and I have learnt so much from other fast bowlers such as Allan Donald and Courtney Walsh, so I am happy to put something back in.

"I just try to keep things simple and give them some advice on what to work on.

"It's more making sure you have a clear plan and then executing those plans."

Among the first to benefit from Lee's advice was Bready's Craig Young, who is set to take the new ball in Ireland's opener against the Windies.

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"It may sound a bit cheesy, but being coached by Brett Lee was definitely a dream come true and within the space of two or three balls he made a massive difference," said Young.

"Now, I just have to put it into practice in the games.

"He doesn't want to melt your brains on the eve of a major tournament, but everything he did with me worked and I have already felt the benefit."

First up for Young is set to be a head-to-head with Chris Gayle, one of the most dangerous opening batsmen in world cricket.

"A lot of people would kill for the chance to play with him rather than bowl against him, but this is what World Cups are all about," he added.

Ireland's match preparation continues overnight with their first official warm-up game against Scotland.

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