Brett Lee

Country: Australia
Born: November 08, 1976, Wollongong, New South Wales
Height: 1.87 m
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Fast
Playing role: Bowler

Brett Lee Bio

Brett Lee is an Australian cricket player who is widely recognized for his exceptional speed and aggressive style of play. Although he may not have achieved the status of a true Test great, Lee’s contributions to the Australian cricket team during his decade-long career deserve commendation.

With a charismatic smile that added to his star quality, Lee emerged as one of Australia’s most successful bowlers, finishing his Test career with 310 wickets in 76 matches. Despite frequently playing second fiddle to the likes of Glenn McGrath and Jason Gillespie, Lee played a crucial role in supporting the team’s bowling attack, often displaying his brutal pace to put pressure on opposing batters.

Known for his ability to swing the new ball and reverse swing the old ball, Lee proved to be a formidable opponent for batsmen trying to find their footing against his lightning-fast deliveries, which could reach speeds of up to 160kph. His aggressive run-up and exuberant celebrations became a spectacle in itself, leaving a lasting impact on both the players and spectators.

Lee’s career began with a bang, taking five wickets on debut at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, earning him instant recognition as a rising talent. However, injuries soon plagued his career, with elbow operations, ankle surgeries, side strains, and stress fractures frequently forcing him into rehabilitation and long-term layoffs.

Despite these setbacks, Lee continued to evolve as a bowler, becoming a more strategic operator under the captaincy of Ricky Ponting. He was not afraid to bowl containing spells when required and proved to be instrumental in maintaining Australia’s dominance on the world cricket stage, especially in the absence of Glenn McGrath.

However, injuries continued to torment Lee, with a broken foot forcing him off the field during his last Test match at the MCG. One of the more memorable moments in his career came during the 2005 Ashes series against England when he was consoled by Andrew Flintoff after a near-miss while batting. Lee’s determination and resilience were evident, as he fearlessly faced opposition fast bowlers in an effort to protect his team’s lower order.

Off the field, Lee displayed excellent sportsmanship and rarely exhibited the same level of aggression he showed during matches. However, his bouncers targeted at tailenders often made for uncomfortable viewing. In 2010, Lee retired from Test cricket to prolong his career in shorter formats of the game, enabling him to continue operating at optimal speed and reduce the strain on his body.

Lee eventually bid farewell to all international cricket in 2012, leaving behind a legacy of thrilling fast bowling and commendable contributions to the Australian cricket team. While he may not have attained the same level of success as some of his predecessors, Brett Lee’s impact on the field will always be remembered, and his undeniable talent as a frontline fast bowler will continue to inspire future generations of cricketers.

Brett Lee Career Stats

Brett Lee Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 76 90 18 1451 64 20.15 2739 52.97 0 5 182 18 23 0
T20Is 25 12 6 101 43* 16.83 71 142.25 0 0 9 4 6 0
ODIs 221 110 44 1176 59 17.81 1407 83.58 0 3 69 35 54 0
FC 116 139 25 2120 97 18.59 - - 0 8 - - 35 0
List A 262 134 54 1365 59 17.06 - - 0 3 - - 62 0
T20s 120 56 26 416 48 13.86 317 131.23 0 0 30 22 28 0

Brett Lee Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 76 150 16531 9554 310 5/30 9/171 30.81 3.46 53.3 17 10 0
T20Is 25 25 545 714 28 3/23 3/23 25.5 7.86 19.4 0 0 0
ODIs 221 217 11185 8877 380 5/22 5/22 23.36 4.76 29.4 14 9 0
FC 116 - 24193 13746 487 7/114 - 28.22 3.4 49.6 - 20 2
List A 262 - 13475 10534 438 5/22 5/22 24.05 4.69 30.7 15 10 0
T20s 120 120 2706 3258 109 4/28 4/28 29.88 7.22 24.8 1 0 0

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