The outstanding international career of Brett Lee came to a close today with the Australian fast bowler announcing his retirement from One Day and T20 Internationals.
Lee, who had originally planned to retire after the ICC World Twenty20 in September, was forced home early from Australia’s recent tour to England due to a calf injury.
“I guess you ask yourself a lot of questions when you’ve been injured or been through a tough time,” Lee said.
“It’s been the last two or three nights I have thought about it a lot. I woke up this morning and I knew this was the right day to do it.
“In a team environment you have to be committed 100%, both mentally and physically. Looking at the next two months I just didn’t have that desire any more.
“It wouldn’t be fair on me or the rest of the team if I was to go over there with that attitude – not lack of commitment, but you just get to a point in your life when you decide enough is enough.
“The great run must end. It was going to be post-World Cup [Twenty20]. We had spoken about that with the selectors and that was the time I was going to walk away from the game. But I woke up this morning and just felt like I was ready. It was time to go.”
Lee has also retired from one-day domestic cricket but will still continue to play in the T20 Big Bash League (BBL) as well as the Indian Premier League (IPL).
“There’s still the Big Bash, there’s the IPL. I’m not totally losing my cricket thrill or the chance to play cricket. Hopefully I will get the opportunity to play here [the SCG] again. Obviously it won’t be for the Australian cricket team, which will be sad. But I know I’ve made that right call,” he said.
Lee retires after a 13-year international career that included 76 Tests, 221 ODIs and 25 T20 internationals.
He leaves international cricket as the second highest ODI wicket-taker for Australia behind Glenn McGrath (seventh all-time) and one of only four Australians to take more than 300 Test wickets.