Pakistan v Australia Test - Men's
New Aussie quick has 'pace to burn': Lee
Legendary paceman takes a closer look at Australia's fast-bowling talent at training camp in Dubai
Louis Cameron in Dubai
28 September 2018, 01:00 PM AEST
Michael Neser may have the inside running to partner pace spearhead Mitchell Starc in the opening Test against Pakistan, but Brett Lee believes the other two quicks in Australia's squad have plenty to offer.
Starc and Neser have been named as the two specialist pacemen for the tour game against Pakistan A that begins on Saturday, but the two other fast-bowling members of the squad, Brendan Doggett and Peter Siddle, both remain in contention for the series-opener in Dubai.
Having consistently touched the 150 kilometre-an-hour mark over a 76-Test and two-decade long professional career, Lee is well-placed to pass judgement on the raw tearaway Doggett.
The 41-year-old former speedster, who is in Dubai commentating on the Asia Cup, spoke at length with Doggett about utilising his front arm in his delivery stride during Australia's training session at the ICC Academy on Thursday, having been invited down as a special guest by captain and former teammate Tim Paine.
"I've been pretty impressed what I've seen with Neser, and certainly Doggett," Lee told cricket.com.au. "He's got so much pace to burn.
"He bowls 145 (kilometres) an hour but with a few little things with his action, he can certainly go past 150kph which is exciting for Australia."
Doggett has only eight first-class games to his name but was whisked into a Test squad minus Josh Hazelwood and Pat Cummins on the back of his impressive JLT Sheffield Shield campaign with last summer's title-winners Queensland.
The 24-year-old would become just the third Indigenous person to pull on the Baggy Green should he get the nod during the two-Test Qantas Tour of the United Arab Emirates.
At the other end of the age scale is 33-year-old Siddle.
It's a decade on from the Victorian’s Test debut in Mohali against India in 2008, where he shared the new ball with Lee.
Siddle went on to take 211 Test wickets in the following eight years but has spent the past two years out of the Test side as he battled injuries.
Now fit and fresh off a strong County Championship campaign with English side Essex, the Victorian is back in Australian colours and Lee insists age should be no barrier to a recall.
"He had a bit of a joke when we first got here that it's been 10 years since we both played when he made his (debut) back in 2008," said Lee, who kept playing in the KFC Big Bash League until he was 38.
"He's been through a lot, he's strong and he wants it. (He's taken) 211 Test wickets – you don't get 211 Test wickets from a fluke.
"It's hard work and dedication. You see the guys looking up to Peter Siddle ... that's what you want from a guy who's been there and done it.
"Thirty-three is just a number; I don't care if they're 33, 35, 36 years of age – if he's bowling as fast as he is, he should definitely play."
Qantas Tour of the UAE
Australia Test squad: Tim Paine (c), Ashton Agar, Brendan Doggett, Aaron Finch, Travis Head, Jon Holland, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Mitch Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Michael Neser, Matthew Renshaw, Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc
Pakistan Test squad: Sarfraz Ahmed (c), Azhar Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Asad Shafiq, Haris Sohail, Usman Salahuddin, Yasir Shah, Shadab Khan, Bilal Asif, Mohammad Abbas, Hasan Ali, Wahab Riaz, Faheem Ashraf, Mir Hamza, Mohammad Rizwan
Sep 29 - Oct 2: Tour match v Pak A, Dubai
Oct 7-11: First Test, Dubai
Oct 16-20: Second Test, Abu Dhabi