Friday, 13 July 2012

Brett Lee retires from international cricket

Australian fast bowler Brett Lee retired from international cricket on Friday.

The 35-year-old sustained a calf injury in England, cutting short his participation in the recent one-day series, which Australia lost 4-0.

He says his original plan was to retire after the upcoming Twenty20 World Cup but he woke up on Friday morning and knew now was the time to go.

"To play international cricket you need to be mentally and physically 100 per cent and I didn't think it would be fair to the team or myself if I wasn't in that space.

Lee played 76 Tests for Australia and is fourth on the all-time list of leading Australian wicket-takers with 310 scalps, behind Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath and Dennis Lillee.

He also played 221 one-day international matches, taking 380 wickets.

Career statistics
Test debut - vs India, MCG, Dec 1999
Wickets - Test: 310 (avg 30.81), ODI: 380 (avg 23.36), T20: 28 (avg 25.50)
Best innings - Test: 5/30, ODI: 5/22, T20: 3/23
Best Test match figures - 9/171
Highest score - Test: 64, ODI: 59, T20: 43*
Catches - Test: 23, ODI: 54, T20: 6

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