Teams Played For
Australia, Kings XI Punjab, New South Wales, Kolkata Knight Riders, Sydney Sixers, Marylebone Cricket Club, Sydney Thunder, Virgo Super Kings
Fast and Furious, Brett Lee has troubled the opposition with his deadly pace, pinpoint accuracy, and killer outswings. One of the quickest bowlers that the world has ever witnessed, Lee came as a tearaway speedster and he never compromised with his reputation, throughout his decade-long career. With 310 Test wickets, 380 ODI scalps, and 28 T20Is wickets; Lee retired as an Australian great and a pearl of world cricket.
Born in New South Wales, Lee emerged through U-17 and U-19 levels to make his international debut in 1999. The pacer was recognized for his ability to click 150kps regularly, tested the batters with fizzy bouncers, also angled the deliveries away with the new ball and reverse-swing with the older one. Lee was a much-celebrated cricketer, throughout his career, but his cloud-nine movement came during the 2002 season when he recorded his quickest delivery was 161.1 km/h (100.2 mph).
Lee's exceptional speed meant that his variations as a bowler became doubly effective in the shorter formats. He blossomed the most during the Ricky Ponting era where he was the second most successful ODI bowler from 2000-2009. Lee was also part of Australia’s winning team during the 2003 World Cup but missed the next World Cup due to injury. Apart from ruling high at the highest level, the seamer grabbed big-money contracts in the Indian Premier League and Big Bash League.
Historically, cricket has showcased every pacer who has possessed raw pacer has also been hit hard by injuries, and Lee was no different. In 2000, he was injured with an elbow stress fracture that kept Lee away from cricket for almost a year but he made a solid comeback in 2001. However, an ankle surgery on the Zimbabwe tour in 2007 sidelined the Australian from the scene for the next two years, though a fragile body forced him to retire from Tests in 2008. After retirement from the Red-ball format, Lee shifted his approach to the shorter format and played the 2011 World Cup in the subcontinent. Lee played his last international in the 2012 season before he hung up his boots post the 2014-15 BBL season.
(As of April 2021)