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Spectators should be allowed for India v Australia series: Brett Lee

Former Australian speedster Brett Lee has said that he hopes fans will be allowed to attend the games between India and Australia face later this year.

India and Australia are due to play a four-match Test series later this year, starting from December 3 in Brisbane. As of now, all international series remain called off due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and it is being speculated that any onfield action in the near future will be held behind closed doors.

Lee, while having a conversation with Sachin Tendulkar on the ‘100 MB’ app of the Master Blaster, talked about the upcoming India-Australia series.

“I really hope that when India tours Australia this year, there will be spectators allowed, but if they are not allowed, it will be difficult, when I played cricket, I used to get a lot of energy from the crowd,” Lee told Tendulkar.

“Maybe, if there is no crowd, they can have speakers with the fake crowd in, it can be used in the India-Australia series,” he added.

During 2018-19, India managed to outlast Australia downunder for the first time in their Test history.

However, during that series, the home team was without David Warner and Steve Smith as the duo were serving a one-year ban for their role in the ball-tampering scandal against South Africa.

In 2019, the duo made a return to the Australian team. Earlier this year, Australia replaced India as the number one team in the ICC Test rankings.

In the World Test Championship (WTC) standings, India are top while Australia are placed second. India and Australia will play four Tests and the matches will be played in Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney. The game at Adelaide will be pink ball (day-night) contest.

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