Brett Lee explains how Tom Curran can start bowling faster

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Day three of the fifth and final Test in Sydney pretty much summed up most of the series for England.

While there was plenty of endeavour and ambition shown from Joe Root's men in the field, a lack of cutting edge once again allowed Australia's batting line up to get away from them.

The two Marsh brothers ended the day looking well-positioned to score big with the hosts now boasting a lead of 133.

Only two wickets fell on the third day at the SCG. Steve Smith was the first to go when he uncharacteristically played a poor shot straight back to Moeen Ali.

Having earlier been denied his first Test wicket by a controversial no-ball decision, Mason Crane was finally rewarded for his impressive performance by cleverly getting Usman Khawaja out stumped for 171.

But it was another toiling day for the quick bowlers, whose lack of pace was once again exposed on a batting-friendly track.

Ex-Australian speedster Brett Lee joined BT Sport in the commentary box to provide his opinion on the tourists' current bowling attack.

He took a particularly detailed look at young bowler Tom Curran, who is only featuring in his second Test match.


And as you can see in the video below, Lee immediately spotted a way the Surrey right-armer can increase the speed of his deliveries.

"He reminds me a lot of Allan Donald. The thing about Allan Donald; yes he was a bit quicker but he had a beautiful jump and that's where you get your pace. That's where you get your height, you use the momentum," Lee said.

"He's quite flat so he isn't getting any momentum from gravity so if you get a bit of height you pull down with your front arm, you pull down with your front leg and you get that snap at the crease.


Simply fascinating to watch and listen someone's style get broken down so thoroughly.

Before England's coaches rush to implement Lee's advice on Curran, however, it is worth noting that sometimes even the slightest tweak to a technique can completely ruin a bowler's action and consistency.

Nevertheless, if England are to start producing more fast bowlers who can have a bigger impact on pitches in Australia it might well prove a risk worth taking...

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