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Brett Lee

Batting style:
Right Handed bat
Bowling style:
Right-arm fast
Played for:
Australia, Australia A, Australian Cricket Academy, Wellington, Kolkata, Punjab, New South Wales, Otago, Australia Under-19, Sydney Sixers
Roles played:
Bowler
Home country:
Australia
Born:
November 08, 1976, Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia

Profile

One of the fastest bowlers in the world, Brett Lee once possessed the ability to bowl a delivery at 160 kph that would be a dreadful sight for most batsmen around the world.

“Binga” as he is fondly known, made his Test debut in 1999 against India at the MCG and almost intimidated the Indian batters with his fiery pace, finishing with a 5-wicket haul in the first innings. The New South Wales seamer is capable of bowling lethal quick bouncers and the well disguised slower ball has been a great asset in his armoury, along with the disastrous yorker delivery. Lee has a knack of swinging the ball both ways when it’s new and reverse it when it’s old. With a charging run-up and aggressive on-field antics, it was evident that the kind of impact he made was a long-lasting one. His most successful performances came under Ricky Ponting’s captaincy, where he developed smarter and better ways of bowling at opponents and matured into an exemplary bowler.

In a career that spanned over a decade of speedy spells, Lee was part of the most devastating bowling attack in the Aussie camp, along with Glenn McGrath and Jason Gillespie. But when McGrath retired, Binga did an excellent job of spearheading his nation's pace attack, and his Test and ODI record justified that claim. However, fast bowlers are always prone to injuries and Lee has been no exception. With frequent injuries of the elbow and ankle, side strains and stress fractures, his career began to take a U-turn and soon, Lee gave up his baggy green, announcing retirement in early 2010 with a view to prolong his ODI and T20I career. With 310 wickets in 76 appearances, Lee ended his Test career on a high note but continued to build his ODI repertoire.


Brett has been participating in the IPL since its inception, first under the Mohali franchise and later plying his trade for Kolkata. In 2012, a serious calf injury ruled him out in the middle of the England series, following which the veteran announced his international retirement, whilst continuing to play domestic Twenty20 competitions. In 2013, Brett returned to the Kolkata camp with an additional role of a bowling mentor, along with being his side's opening bowler.


Fast Facts

  • Brett Lee was recognized as Australia’s Test Player of the Year in 2008.
  • He became the first bowler in the history of Twenty20 International cricket to take a hat-trick.


Statistics

Show:
  Matches Innings Runs NO Avg. SR 100's 50's HS
Test 76 90 1451 18 20.15 52.97 0 5 64
ODI 221 110 1176 44 17.81 83.58 0 3 59
T20 25 12 101 6 16.83 142.25 0 0 43*
IPL 38 19 124 9 12.4 127.83 0 0 25
CLT20 13 5 61 1 15.25 135.55 0 0 48
  Matches Innings Balls Runs Wickets BBI BBM Avg. Econ. 4w 5w 10w Extras
Test 76 150 16531 9554 310 5/30 / 30.81 3.46 17 10 0 633
ODI 221 217 11185 8877 380 5/22 / 23.36 4.76 14 9 0 676
T20 25 25 545 714 28 3/23 / 25.5 7.86 0 0 0 40
IPL 38 38 875 1095 25 3/15 / 43.8 7.50 0 0 0 41
CLT20 13 13 270 242 14 2/10 / 17.28 5.37 0 0 0 12
  Catches Stumpings Runouts
Test 23 0 4
ODI 54 0 12
T20 6 0 0
IPL 10 0 4
CLT20 3 0 1

Career

Span:
Test:
1999-2008
 
ODI:
2000-2012
 
T20:
2005-2012
 
IPL:
2008-2013
 
CLT20:
2009-2012
Test
Debut:
Australia Vs India at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Melbourne - Victoria - Dec 26, 1999
Last played:
Australia Vs South Africa at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Melbourne - Victoria - Dec 26, 2008
ODI
Debut:
Australia Vs Pakistan at Brisbane Cricket Ground (Woolloongabba), Brisbane - Queensland - Jan 09, 2000
Last played:
Australia Vs England at Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street - Jul 07, 2012
T20
Debut:
Australia Vs New Zealand at Eden Park, Auckland - Feb 17, 2005
Last played:
Australia Vs West Indies at Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados - Mar 30, 2012
IPL
Debut:
Punjab Vs Chennai at Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali - Chandigarh - Apr 19, 2008
Last played:
Kolkata Vs Delhi at International Cricket Stadium, Raipur - May 01, 2013
CLT20
Debut:
New South Wales Vs Diamond Eagles at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi - Oct 09, 2009
Last played:
Kolkata Vs Titans at Newlands, Cape Town - Oct 21, 2012
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