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July 13, 2012, 12:57 AM
Thirteen years, Friday the 13th, it's appropriate for me to go:' Brett Lee retires from all forms of international cricket

July 13, 2012 - 1:12PM
David Sygall

It's stumps for Brett Lee

Australian fast bowler Brett Lee has announced his retirement from most forms of cricket, effective immediately.

Speaking on Channel Nine news, Lee said: "It has been a dream career, I guess, 13 years at the top. I couldn't ask for much more."

Lee said he had planned to end his career after the upcoming World Twenty20 tournament in Sri Lanka.

"Thirteen years, Friday the 13th, it's appropriate for me to go," Lee said.

"I woke up this morning after not much sleep and it's the right time to go. It just came to me this morning and I just felt it's the right time to leave the game.

"It's been in the back of my mind for a few months."

Lee said he was happy to have played "in a fantastic era, playing with the likes of Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath and Adam Gilchrist, Steve and Mark Waugh, heroes of mine growing up".

"It's now stage two of my life coming up so I'm pretty happy and pretty excited.

"My holiday will be at home, I'm sick of being away."

Lee thanked his fans on Twitter.

Brett Lee @BrettLee_58

It's official, I have retired from international cricket! Thanks for all your love and support. It's been an amazing 13 years
13 Jul 12

The 35-year-old paceman, who retired from Test cricket in February 2010 after taking 310 wickets in 76 matches, continued playing for NSW and Australia in one-day matches and in the Twenty20 arena.

His teenage NSW teammate Pat Cummins told Fairfax today: "It's a testament to Brett's ability and athleticism that he has been able to remain one of the world's best and fastest bowlers for such a long time.

"I am sure we will still see a lot of Binga and he will continue to compete with the best players around [domestic Twenty20].

"I've worked with him and he's been an invaluable help to me and I am sure that [support] will continue."

Lee will keep playing in the Big Bash and Indian Premier leagues.

Lee has had several major injuries in recent years and was forced home from the one-day series in England early last week after suffering a calf injury.

Along with Pakistan's Shoaib Akhtar, he was rated the fastest bowler in the world throughout his career.

Lee took 380 wickets in 221 one-day internationals as well as 28 wickets from 25 Twenty20 appearances for Australia.

He began his a Test career in the MCG Boxing Day Test of 1999 and played his final Test at the same venue in 2008.

His journey started in the under-10s for the Oak Flats Rats on the south coast of New South Wales and, after overcoming serious back injuries, was fast-tracked into the Australia A side before making his Test debut against India in the Boxing Day Test of 1999-2000.

He took a wicket in his first over when he bowled Indian opener Sadagoppan Ramesh and took 5-47 from 18 overs.

Lee quickly established himself as a Test match regular and became a popular member of the Australian team, attracting massive endorsement deals due to his clean-cut image.

He was a member of the 2003 World Cup-winning team in South Africa but was forced out of the 2007 tournament in the West Indies due to an ankle injury. Lee continued representing Australia in the shorter formats after retiring from the Test arena two years ago.

"I look back to when I was 19, and, while I hope [my injuries] never happen to anyone else, it's a fact that when you bowl fast injuries happen," he said this week. "You have to deal with it and you have to learn from what's happened because it makes you a stronger person. I have a saying 'If you're not living on the edge you're taking up too much space' – it means have a crack."

He retires one wicket shy of McGrath's Australian record of 381 ODI scalps.


Real shame he couldn't pick up that extra wicket to be on level ground with McGrath...But what an incredible career he's had. The sort of career Shoaib Akhter should have had, if not for a serious lack of professionalism.

July 13, 2012, 02:27 AM
IPL and T20 claim another victim

July 13, 2012, 03:00 AM
TBF to him, he is 35, and got injured playing for his country. He never shied away from playing for Australia, and when on the field, gave it his all.

July 13, 2012, 03:57 AM
Binga will always be missed, great heart

July 13, 2012, 04:33 AM
Boucher and now Lee...man, all my favorite cricketers are leaving the field... :(

July 13, 2012, 04:40 AM
He seemed quite fit even with his 35+ age. But yeah I guess he made good judgement to choose retirement now. His onfield performance was really down curving last couple years.

July 13, 2012, 05:11 AM

Brett Lee announced his international retirement at the SCG, Sydney, July 13, 2012

Pic Courtesy: Cricinfo (http://www.espncricinfo.com/australia/content/image/572205.html?page=1)

July 13, 2012, 06:39 AM
One of the all time greats.

July 13, 2012, 07:47 AM
No doubt that he will be missed...

July 13, 2012, 08:09 AM
Not surprised. He is 35. He was one of the greatest cricket has seen. I used to Love those comparison and competition between him and Shoiab Akhter.

July 13, 2012, 08:19 AM
The pic is very emotional indeed

July 13, 2012, 10:14 AM
Akhter Gone. Lee gone. whos next? :'( :'( i cant believe this. Can you freaking imagine Mashrafe retiring?

July 13, 2012, 10:26 AM
Sad day for Aussie Cricket. Binga, you will be missed!

July 13, 2012, 11:05 AM
It was sadder when he retired from Test cricket. When that happened, this was just a matter of time.

July 13, 2012, 11:50 AM
^ ya he is been in and out of the squad for a while. This was going to come sooner or later. If it wasn't for his injury he would have probably had 400+ test wickets under his belt.

July 13, 2012, 12:08 PM
Brett Lee was the reason i started watching cricket.. It was the Ashes of 2005 and boy am i glad i watched the whole thing!

Aww bless him, sad times..

July 13, 2012, 02:18 PM
Injury made his career worse for last 3/4 yrs. it was coming any time.

July 13, 2012, 02:22 PM
Boucher and now Lee...man, all my favorite cricketers are leaving the field... :(

All will go one by one... New favs will take their places.... But the game will continue....

We will still see him playing though...

July 14, 2012, 01:16 AM
He will be missed. One of my favorite players.

July 14, 2012, 03:09 AM
One of the greats of all time :-

All the best Lee :)

July 14, 2012, 07:15 AM
bhery sad.
He was a great entertainer, gave more than 100% on field.
amazing playa,will be missed. :(

July 14, 2012, 12:04 PM
This is officially the end of 00 era. He was the lone dragger for that decade. (You can put Sachin in any decade so he doesn't count).

He was our last hope of speed. Now we are doomed! Unlike the others he accepted the fact that you constantly get injured if you are a fast bowler. He didn't work around that issue, rather bowled faster and faster and faster. That's why he was so great.

We will miss you Binga.

July 15, 2012, 04:42 PM
This is officially the end of 00 era. He was the lone dragger for that decade. (You can put Sachin in any decade so he doesn't count).

Kallis is still there.