Brett Lee retires from international cricket

Brett Lee revealed a loss of desire to compete at the highest level led to his decision to retire from international cricket on Friday.

Lee, 35, was forced to return home early from Australia’s one-day tour of England earlier this month with a calf injury.

And his appearance in the fourth match of the series in Durham – where he took 0-12 off 2.2 overs in an eight-wicket loss – proved to be his last for his country.

Lee confirmed the news on Twitter, saying: ‘It’s official, I have retired from international cricket! Thanks for all your love and support. It’s been an amazing 13 years.’

Lee had been hopeful of playing in Australia’s Twenty20 World Cup team in August and September in Sri Lanka.

‘I think personally in a team environment you have to have 100 per cent commitment – mentally and physically.

‘And I guess looking at the next few months I just didn’t have that desire any more.

‘It wouldn’t be fair on me, or my team if I went with that attitude.

‘You get to the point in life where you say enough is enough.’

With 380 victims, Lee is just one wicket short of Glenn McGrath as Australia’s leading wicket taker in one-day internationals.

Though Lee has confirmed his retirement from international cricket, he will continue to play on in the Big Bash League and the IPL.

Brett Lee Profile:

Full Name: Brett Lee
Date of Birth: Nov 08, 1976, Wollongong, New South Wales
Major Team: Australia, Kings XI Punjab, Kolkata Knight Riders, New South Wales, Sydney Sixers, Wellington
Playing Roll: Bowler
Batting Style: Right
Bowling Style: Right-arm fast
Nick Name: Bing
Height: 1.87 m

Lee’s career statistics:

Tests Career:

Matches: 76
Wickets: 310
Maidens: 547
Best bowling: 5-30
Bowling average: 30.82
Economy: 3.48
Runs (batting): 1,451
HS: 64
Batting average: 20.15

One-day International:

Matches: 217
Wickets: 377
Maidens: 138
Best bowling: 5-22
Bowling average: 23.18
Economy: 4.77
Runs (batting): 1100
HS: 59
Batting average: 16.92

Twenty20 Internationals:

Matches: 25
Wickets: 28
Best bowling: 3-23
Bowling average: 25.5
Economy: 7.86
Runs (batting): 101
HS: 43 not out
Average: 16.83

Career Statistics:
Test Debut: Australia v India at Melbourne, 26-30, Dec 1999
ODI Debut: Australia v Pakistan at Brisbane, Jan 09, 2000
Twenty20 Debut: New Zealand v Australia at Auckland, Feb 17, 2005

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