Lee wants more sporting wickets at home

Scott Bailey
Former fast bowler Brett Lee wants more life, and variety, in Australia's pitches this summer

Brett Lee has urged curators to prepare more sporting Test wickets this summer as he believes they offered too little for bowlers last year.

Pitches proved a regular talking point last summer against India, with Australia left frustrated by a perceived lack of assistance on offer for the bowlers.

Captain Tim Paine at one point labelled them a "disappointment", bemoaning the little pace or bounce available and claiming it took away from Australia's star-studded pace attack.

The MCG in particular has copped plenty of flack in recent years after two lifeless seasons, while the SCG didn't produce a result in four red-ball games there last summer.

And former Test paceman Lee said the game desperately needed that to change, after more sporting wickets in England set the scene for an exciting Ashes series.

"I'm not saying green tops and spotty wickets where you knock a team over in a Test match for 120," Lee told AAP.

"But you want wickets that keep the bowler interested for the first couple of sessions, even the first day," Lee said.

"You want the bowlers to be able to take wickets. You don't want to see a 650 (runs) play a 580.

"Why can't it be a bowlers game? I say bugger the batsmen. I mean that tongue in cheek of course. But you want the bowlers to have that interest too.

"People want to come to the ground to see bowlers beat the bat, play and miss, a couple of chances on the morning of Test cricket."

While wickets were hard to come by in 2018/19, so too were runs.

The lack of pace, movement and at times carry contributed to the slowest-scoring Test summer since 1997/98, with run-rates dropping below three an over.

Notably this summer, the first Test at the Gabba against Pakistan and last Test at the SCG against New Zealand will be the only ones not played on drop-in wickets.

That's a point Lee is concerned is taking away from the usual characteristics that used to be at each Australian ground.

"It's when you go to every venue and every venue is a bit like a cookie cutter, starting to look the same, that's not where we want to be I'd think," Lee said.

"Good, true sporty wickets where the ball swung and there was a bit of seam.

"If you got yourself in you score runs. That's Test cricket, that's what you want to see."