Cricket: India set to enter video age

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INDIA ARE making a belated foray into modern technology to ward off Australia's fast bowlers in the remaining two Tests. The national coach, Kapil Dev, has asked for a digital video camera to record the performance of his players, both at the nets and during the second Test starting in Melbourne on Sunday.

"We will study the recordings in the evenings and see how we can improve," said the coach, a day after Australia selected their latest fast bowling phenomenon, Brett Lee, for the Boxing Day Test.

Similar gadgets have been employed by other nations, but the Indians were wary of using them. One former coach, Madan Lal, refused one such offer, saying computers could not help teams win matches.

Lee, meanwhile, celebrated his call up for national duty by insisting that the Indians had not seen his best yet.

The 23-year-old, described by the Australian captain Steve Waugh as the world's fastest bowler, said he was looking forward to having a go at India.

"If I get the chance, I'll be sending them down as fast as I can," Lee said. "I've been chosen to bowl fast. I'm an attacking bowler, I'm not one to sit back and wait for something to happen, I go out and try and make things happen," he said.

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