Lee targets Smith

Brett Lee says Australia’s bowlers will back the plan that has nullified Graeme Smith in the past.

Smith has been in good form in 2008, averaging 71.73, but has struggled against the Aussies over eight Tests, averaging just 22.25.

Smith has played down his form against Australia saying that he has developed significantly since the last test series. Lee, however, believes they have a plan that works against him and they will again look to exploit perceived technical flaws.

“We know what we’re up against with Graeme Smith,” Lee said ahead of Wednesday’s first Test in Perth. “The reason why we’ve had success on him in the past is because we’ve done our homework. We’ll be trying our hardest to try and do the things that we’ve done in previous games to try and knock him over.

“He has got some big scores against us as well, but the first Test I think, especially the first session, is going to sum up the whole series. If we happen to bowl first, then we have to really set the tone. If Graeme Smith gets away, which he’s shown on a number of occasions especially against other countries, he can lock himself in for the big score.”

Meanwhile, Australia captain Ricky Ponting has confirmed that seamer Peter Siddle will replace the injured Stuart Clark. The remaining spot in the line-up will be contested between Shane Watson and Jason Krejza.