Australian fast bowler Brett Lee annouces quits cricket

Sydney: Australian fast bowler Brett Lee has announced his retirement from cricket.
He quit internationals in July 2012 as his country’s fourth-highest Test wicket-taker – with 310 in 76 matches – and has focused on Twenty20 cricket in recent years. Brett Lee, who took 380 one-day international wickets, made the announcement at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Thursday. It’s been an amazing and emotional 20 years and I’ve enjoyed every single moment of it,” said the 38-year-old.
He will see out the remainder of the Big Bash League with the Sydney Sixers – which could mean his final game coming next Thursday against Sydney Thunder.
Only Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath and Dennis Lillee took more Test match wickets for Australia than Lee, who was nicknamed Bing. He remains the joint leading wicket-taker for Australia in one-day internationals alongside McGrath.
“I’m excited and emotional, certainly happy that I’ve made the right decision,” Lee added. I knew before this season it was going to be my last season. I didn’t bother doing the maths but 20 years is a lot of ice baths, a lot of training sessions, a lot balls bowled and a lot of flights – but it’s given me so many great memories. Lee described the 2005 Ashes in England as his favourite Test series – despite Australia’s defeat.
Brett Lee’s career
8 Nov 1976: Born in Wollongong, New South Wales, 1999: Takes 5-47 on Test debut against India, 2003: Takes two wickets as Australia beat India by 125 runs in World Cup final, 2006: Named as one of five Wisden Cricketers of the Year, 2006: Named in ICC Test and ODI Team of the Year, 2007: Helps Australia complete 5-0 Ashes whitewash of England, 2008: Wins Allan Border Medal for Australia’s player of the year, Test career: 310 wickets, average 30.81, 76 matches, ODI career: 380 wickets, average 23.36, 221 matches, T20 career: 28 wickets, average, 25.50, 25 matches

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