Lee backs India to lift Champions Trophy

Brett Lee (Getty Images)
Brett Lee (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Former Australia paceman Brett Lee has backed India to be successful at the Champions Trophy but hopes his nation can recover from two washouts.

Lee feels that the India team under Virat Kohli has an excellent balance and is full of form players.

Speaking at a charity event the former quick said, as quoted by the Economic Times website: "It's been a pretty good tournament so far. And the thing I have enjoyed is watching India play some really good cricket.

"India have a good chance and also I want to back my country, Australia."

Australia face a must win clash with England in their final match with the hosts having already qualified for the semi-finals.

Pakistan's victory over South Africa means that a win against Sri Lanka won't guarantee India a spot in the final four but they are certainly in pole position.

"They (India) had a great win against Pakistan the other night (on June 4), it was a clinical win. They have got the right team and have got some great balance with batting and bowling. I see them going a long way in the tournament."

Australia got out of jail once with rain saving them when they were against the ropes in their match with the Black Caps but rain would then rob them of an almost certain victory against Bangladesh.

This leaves Australia with a must-win game against England for a chance to move out of reach of the other two group teams.

"Two games washed out, one against the Kiwis (New Zealand) and one the other night (against Bangladesh), it wasn't good for Australia. But it's a good group they are in," added Lee.

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