Brett Lee
Brett Lee
Brett Lee is a former Australian cricketer. After breaking into the Australian Test team, Lee was recognised as one of the fastest bowlers in world cricket. In each of his first two years, he averaged less than 20 with the ball, but since then has mostly achieved figures in the early 30s. He is an athletic fielder and useful lower-order batsman, with a batting average exceeding 20 in Test cricket.
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Cricketer Brett Lee changes pitch in India film debut
Yahoo News - 7 months
He is used to playing in front of packed crowds in sporting stadiums -- now Australian cricketing great Brett Lee is hoping to win new fans as his debut movie hits cinemas in India. In an email interview with AFP ahead of the release of feature film UNIndian in India on Friday, Lee said he hoped his fledgling role may prove a stepping stone into the country's cinematic heartland. With his tousled blond hair and twinkly eyes, the Australian fast bowler enjoys huge popularity in cricket-mad India after a decade playing matches on the subcontinent.
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Cricket-Sri Lanka's Perera grabs hat-trick against India
Yahoo News - about 1 year
Feb 12 (Reuters) - Sri Lankan paceman Thisara Perera became the fourth cricketer to claim a hat-trick in Twenty20 internationals in the second match of the three-game series against India on Friday. The 26-year-old bowler dismissed Hardik Pandya, Suresh Raina and Yuvraj Singh off successive deliveries in the penultimate over of the Indian innings to achieve the feat at Ranchi's JSCA International Stadium. Australian Brett Lee and the New Zealand duo of Jacob Oram and Tim Southee have also claimed hat-tricks in Twenty20 internationals. ...
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Cricket-Johnson revived as Australia bid to wrap up series
Yahoo News - over 1 year
By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE, Nov 11 (Reuters) - A rejuvenated Mitchell Johnson needs only one victim to become Australia's third-highest test wicket-taker but will hope for a bigger haul at his home ground in Perth, where New Zealand will be fighting to keep the three-match series alive. The mercurial left-armer's four wickets in the 208-run thrashing in Brisbane took him level with fellow paceman Brett Lee on 310 wickets and behind only fast bowling great Glenn McGrath (563) and inimitable legspinner Shane Warne (708). Johnson revealed during the Gabba test he had come through another period of introspection in the wake of Australia's 3-2 Ashes series loss this year as he approached his 34th birthday.
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World Cup 2015: In conversation with Brett Lee and Harsha Bhogle
Yahoo News - about 2 years
Lee explained that the ICC’s taking steps to ensure that the sport doesn’t become a one-sided show in favour of the batsmen. “The ICC is regulating the width and depth of the bats. It’s a good thing. Another important thing is that the ground needs to be as big as legally possible”, the Australian detailed.
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Brett Lee to coach Ireland during World Cup warm-ups
Yahoo News - about 2 years
Australian fast-bowling legend Brett Lee has agreed a short term deal with Cricket Ireland to act as bowling coach
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Australia's Lee to aid Ireland in World Cup run-up
Yahoo News - about 2 years
Brett Lee became the latest former Australia cricketer to be handed a World Cup role with another side when it was revealed Thursday he would serve as Ireland's bowling coach in the lead-up to the tournament. Cricket Ireland's announcement that it had secured the recently retired fast bowler's services came hours after confirmation that former Australia batsman Mike Hussey had been drafted in by South Africa. Cricket Ireland said in a statement that Lee, 38, had signed a short-term deal to work with the side ahead of the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, which starts on February 14.
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England skittle Australia PM's XI for morale-boosting win
Yahoo News - about 3 years
England's bowlers ripped through the Australian Prime Minister's XI for a morale-boosting first tour victory of 172 runs ahead of Friday's second one-day international. Ravi Bopara grabbed four wickets for three runs in just three overs to wrap up the match and end a winless streak going back to the first Ashes Test in Brisbane back in November. Skipper Alastair Cook admitted his relief after a run of poor performances which saw an Ashes whitewash and dour, drawn tour games. Cook won the toss and decided to bat but rival captain and former Test quick Brett Lee knocked him over for just one, edging a full length ball to the wicketkeeper.
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India series helpful before Ashes: Lee
The Times Of India - over 3 years
Former pacer Brett Lee said the upcoming series would do a world of good to the team as nothing beats the experience of playing in the heat and dust of India.     
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Brett Lee to launch designer scarf line at WIFW
Indian Express - over 3 years
Brett Lee is now launching his own line of scarves handwoven by women artisans.
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ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Celebrates 500 Days To Go
Yahoo News - over 3 years
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 02: Brett Lee poses on Sydney Harbour with the ICC Cricket World Cup trophy during celebrations to mark 500 days to go until the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup on October 2, 2013 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images for the ICC)
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Is fast-bowling a fading art?
The Express Tribune Blogs - over 3 years
Ever since I started following the game of cricket, the aspect that has fascinated me the most is the sight of a genuinely quick paceman running down from his bowling mark to rattle a batsman. I still remember the day I entered a cricket stadium for the very first time – early 2000 – only to witness the run-up of the legendary Waqar Younis. Although I observed the craftsmanship of Wasim Akram as well, the swift yet smooth approach of the other ‘W’ mesmerised me the most. I used to be hooked to the television screen just to see Waqar Younis running (rather sprinting) down to the bowling crease with the purpose to scare the hell out of the batsman. He did not only inspire me, but has also been an inspiration to the world’s fastest runner, Jamaican athlete Usain Bolt. Bolt says he was enthralled by the lightening-like sprint of this speedster of Pakistan. Of course, Waqar Younis was not the only one who struck the fear of God into many batsmen; the time before and after him was also ...
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Javed Miandad or Hanif Mohammad: Who is Pakistan’s best batsman?
The Express Tribune Blogs - over 3 years
The Karachi Parsi Institute lies in the heart of old Karachi. It is hallowed ground, a place where history was made some fifty-four years back. On a sultry Karachi afternoon with a few thousand spectators in attendance, Hanif Mohammad crossed Sir Donald Bradman to record the then-highest first class score of 499, a record which stood for thirty-five years. The swaying trees witnessed much but nothing more precious than that nugget.   It was there, in the KPI Cricket ground where I raised the question of who is the greatest ever Pakistani batsman. In the ensuing debate the names of Zaheer, Majid, Inzamam, Anwar, Yousuf and Asif Iqbal came up as the best batsmen for Pakistan. Disagreements abounded, but eventually everyone agreed on two names between which we must decide, names which represent the different eras of Pakistan cricket: Hanif Mohammad and Javed Miandad. Irresistible force versus immovable object’ The two greatest batsmen from Pakistan and indeed all-time greats were ...
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Lee slams Oz selectors for leaving Warner, Hussey out of ODI team for Lanka series
Yahoo News - about 4 years
Sydney, Jan 9(ANI): Former fast bowler Brett Lee has slammed Australian selectors for not picking star players David Warner and Michael Hussey for their limited over series against Sri Lanka, starting this Friday in Melbourne.
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Sachin should retire as per will: Brett Lee
The Times of India - over 4 years
Sachin should retire as per will: Brett Lee
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Did somebody say World T20?
The Express Tribune Blogs - over 4 years
The World T20 2012 is set to commence in Sri Lanka tomorrow. This will be the first time this event is being held in an Asian country. The tournament will open the day after tomorrow, with the hosts taking on Zimbabwe at Hambantota. Despite the number of domestic T20 leagues led by the IPL, the ICC World T20 is at a totally different level altogether. It will feature the highest standard of T20 cricket with the best players of the format competing on a single platform. First let’s take a look at the grouping of the 12 countries participating in this year’s tournament; it comprises the 10 Test playing nations in addition to Ireland and Afghanistan who qualified from the associate member nations.  The format is the same as the 2010 edition with four groups of three teams respectively. The top two teams from each group will qualify for the super eight round, leading to the semi-finals, and lastly the final in Colombo on October 7. Looking at the grouping, it is likely that England ...
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Lee the face of a friendly nation
Byron Shire News - over 4 years
AUSTRALIA may have endured some negative publicity in India in recent times, but Brett Lee is confident he can help win the country back.
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Afghanistan set to face Australia in ODI
Yahoo News - over 4 years
FILE This Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012 file photo shows Australia's Brett Lee, center, without a cap, celebrating with his team after he got the wicket of India's Gautam Gambhir during the One Day International cricket match between Australia and India in Brisbane, Australia. Acting Australian coach Steve Rixon says playing in the hot and humid conditions of the United Arab Emirates will be ideal preparation for next month's Twenty20 World Cup in Sri Lanka. Australia will play Afghanistan in a one-off ODI at Sharjah on Saturday ahead of three one-day internationals against Pakistan on Aug. 28, 31 and Sept. 3. With temperatures expected to exceed 40 degrees Celsius (104 F), matches won't start until 6 p.m. local time and finish around 2 a.m.(AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)
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Punter lauds the sting of Bing
Brisbane Times - over 4 years
Ricky Ponting knew how to get the most out of pace ace Brett Lee.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Brett Lee
  • 2015
    Age 38
    On 5 February, Ireland appointed Lee as a bowling coach during 2015 Cricket World Cup. ODI Debut: vs Pakistan, Gabba, Brisbane, 1999–2000
    More Details Hide Details After announcing his retirement from international cricket, Lee joined the Channel Nine cricket commentating team, reuniting with former Australia and New South Wales teammate Michael Slater. He also provides support for Slater on The Cricket Show. Lee is the second of three sons born to Bob, a metallurgist, and Helen (née Buxton), a piano teacher, and grew up in the Wollongong suburbs of Oak Flats and Mount Warrigal. His older brother Shane is a retired all rounder and former international and younger brother Grant previously played cricket for New South Wales U-19, and is now an accountant. Lee attended Balarang Public School and Oak Flats High School, which later named its cricket ground in his honour. The brothers first played cricket together in front of their house using a tennis ball and the garage door as the "wicket-keeper". As a child he idolised Allan Donald and Dennis Lillee, the latter of whom would become a mentor to him as a teenager. Lee has been known by his nickname 'Binga', after the chain of electronics store Bing Lee, since his high-school days. He was once briefly nicknamed "Oswald" by former Australian captain and New South Wales teammate Steve Waugh during his early international career. During an ODI around 2000, he was in the batting order behind his brother Shane and Ian Harvey. When Waugh read out the batting order, instead of reading "Lee, Harvey, Lee", he read out "Lee, Harvey, Oswald" (Lee Harvey Oswald).
    He retired from Big Bash League after playing the final match for the Sydney Sixers on 28 January 2015.
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    In January 2015, Lee announced his retirement from all forms of the game, effective at the end of the 2014–15 Big Bash League season.
    More Details Hide Details Lee was known for his pace and regularly clocked and above. He ranks only behind Pakistani bowler Shoaib Akhtar as the fastest bowler in contemporary cricket during most of the 2000s. The strain of consistently bowling at caused a string of stress fractures and recurring injuries and forced him to alter his strategy, which he has done effectively. Rather than relying on pace alone, he uses a wide array of deliveries aimed at wearing down the batsman, although he has been known to bowl entire overs above the mark. His fastest ball was clocked at against New Zealand in 2005. In a match against West Indies in 2000/01 he bowled a delivery which was clocked at, but it was not an official match and therefore not recognised by the ICC. Early in his career, Lee was reported for a suspected illegal bowling action, but was cleared, and was also heavily criticised after bowling a series of beamers at batsmen during a number of ODIs in 2005. Captain Ricky Ponting defended Lee saying that it was not intentional. His slower balls also has dramatic falls of pace with varying length, often from a cutter grip, where it can go as slow as, but it hovers on average around the range. He is also known to celebrate many bowled wickets with a chainsaw celebration.
  • 2014
    Age 37
    He married Lana Anderson in 2014 after one year of dating, they have a daughter named Helena together who was born in December 2015,
    More Details Hide Details Lee is part of the rock band Six & Out. The band is made up of his brother Shane and former New South Wales cricketers Brad McNamara, Gavin Robertson and Richard Chee Quee. Lee plays the bass guitar or acoustic guitar for the band.
    Brett Lee was cast in the Indo-Australian film UnIndian opposite Tannishtha Chatterjee. The film was shot in Sydney. This was announced by Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott during his visit to Mumbai on 4 September 2014. This film was released in India on 19, August 2016 and had good takings at the box office.
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    In July 2014, he played for the MCC side in the Bicentenary Celebration match at Lord's.
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  • 2012
    Age 35
    His final ODIs were during the 2012 tour of England and Ireland.
    More Details Hide Details During the match against Ireland he opened the bowling and bowled William Porterfield and Ed Joyce in only his first three deliveries. Upon his retirement form international cricket, Lee had played in 76 Tests, 221 ODIs and 25 T20Is, and had equalled Glenn McGrath's run of 380 wickets in ODI matches – the highest for Australia.
    Against the West Indies in March 2012 he hit his highest score, 59 before getting caught off a ball by Kemar Roach.
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  • 2011
    Age 34
    Despite competition from younger bowlers and another injury setback, Lee managed to make the squad for the 2011 Cricket World Cup.
    More Details Hide Details He finished the tournament with 13 wickets, the highest of all the bowlers in the team. Of the 13 wickets, 4 came in the match against Pakistan but it was not enough as Australia lost the match and eventually crashed out at the quarterfinals to rivals India.
  • 2009
    Age 32
    Later that month he was a part of the successful 2009 ICC Champions Trophy squad and was level on 6 wickets with teammates Peter Siddle and Shane Watson, the highest total for the Australian team.
    More Details Hide Details Injuries sustained in test matches forced him out until 2011, having not played for Australia for almost two years. In the subsequent ODI series, his return was more successful. He finished as the leading wicket-taker for the series with 11 scalps at 24.00, his series best figures of 3/27 coming in the third match at the SCG. His pace was consistently around the mid 140s km/h and on occasion he once again managed to break the mark..
    In 2009 he battled back from injury and was a key player in New South Wales' success during the Champions League Twenty20.
    More Details Hide Details During the final he played an important part with both bat and ball and was named Man of the Match. He also won the Man of the Series award. Following his retirement from Test cricket, Lee stopped playing first-class cricket to concentrate on the limited-overs formats. He was the Blues' highest wicket-taker in the 2010–11 Ryobi One-Day Cup with 15 wickets and had the second best economy rate of the top five wicket-takers despite missing the latter stages of the campaign due to international duty. In June 2012 he declined to renew his contract with the Blues, ending his 15-year association with his domestic team.
  • 2008
    Age 31
    However, after two years of marriage, on 21 August 2008, Lee confirmed his separation from Kemp. They divorced in 2009.
    More Details Hide Details At the time of the split, media speculation cited Kemp was having an affair with a rugby player in Brisbane; however, this was later disputed, with extended periods of loneliness due to Lee's off-season commitments keeping him away from Kemp and his young son Preston given as the reason for the marriage breakdown.
    Lee seemed underdone in the 2008 Australian tour of the West Indies, taking only 5 wickets in the first Test match, during which he seemed exhausted.
    More Details Hide Details He returned to productivity, taking eight wickets in the Second test, including a 5 wicket haul, and 6 in the Third Test. During the Indian tour, Lee picked up a stomach virus and was unable to find his best form throughout the series. Lee showed glimpses of his best form when the team returned to Australia for a two test series with New Zealand, but generally seemed down on pace. However, he struggled in the two tests he played of the series with South Africa, which Australia lost 2–1, likely due to a niggling ankle injury and then a stress fracture he developed during the series (both in his left foot). The fracture broke completely during the second innings of the Boxing Day Test-match and he was forced to return home for surgery. By the time he returned to the Australian team for the Ashes in 2009, his position as spearhead had been usurped by the left armer Mitchell Johnson. Additionally, the arrival of bowlers like Peter Siddle, Ben Hilfenhaus and Doug Bollinger ensured that Lee had to fight for a position in the team. However, he took six wickets in the first innings against the England Lions team in a practice match leading up to the Ashes. Lee was the only bowler to get reverse swing in this match and appeared to be in line for selection for the First Test at Cardiff. However, he picked up a left side strain and a sore rib in this match and he was ruled out of the first three Tests.
  • 2007
    Age 30
    His consistent efforts saw him rewarded with the Man of the Series Award for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, 2007–08.
    More Details Hide Details He capped off the season by winning the Allan Border Medal, the award given to the player adjudged Australia's best international cricketer of the past year.
  • 2006
    Age 29
    During the 2006 ICC Champions Trophy in India, Lee wrote the lyrics for You're the One For Me and recorded it with Indian singer Asha Bhosle.
    More Details Hide Details The song reached a peak position of number two on the Indian and South African charts. In 2008, he filmed scenes for his first Bollywood movie Victory. In November 2011, Lee launched his autobiography, which he wrote with the help of author James Knight. In September 2013, Lee tweeted his support for Tony Abbott, leader of the Liberal Party of Australia in the Australian federal election 2013. Lee's sponsorship deals include the breakfast cereal Weet-Bix (which at one time were marketed as "Brett-Bix"), Gatorade and Volkswagen, of which Lee has two vehicles. On the field sponsorship includes uvex Safety Eyewear. He is currently not sponsored by any cricket equipment manufacturer. Travelex has also developed the game Brett Lee's Backyard Cricket in which a caricature of Lee is featured. Owing to Lee's popularity in India, he has a number of major sponsorship deals there, including for Timex watches, New Balance shoes, Boost energy drink and TVS Motor Company.
    Lee married Elizabeth Kemp in June 2006.
    More Details Hide Details They have a son named Preston Charles, born 16 November 2006.
    In the first three tests of the 2006–07 Ashes series, he only took eight wickets and was fined for excessive appealing in the Third Test in Adelaide when a LBW decision was not in his favour.
    More Details Hide Details However, during the week period between the Adelaide and Melbourne tests, he worked with Troy Cooley, Australia's bowling coach, to adjust his run up and came back in the 4th and final tests with more wickets. He finished the series 20 wickets, with his best bowling figures being 4 for 47 at an average of 33.20, including 6 in the final test. His tally was only bettered by his teammates Stuart Clark, Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath as the quartet claimed more wickets than the entire England bowling attack combined. Following the retirements of Warne and McGrath, Lee rose to the challenge and was awarded the Man of the Series in the inaugural Warne-Muralidaran Trophy, a two-Test series against Sri Lanka in late-2007. In his first series as bowling spearhead reaped 16 wickets at an average of 17.5. This was achieved by bowling slower to improve accuracy. In the following series Lee took 24 wickets at 22.58 in four Tests against India. In this series he overtook Jason Gillespie to become Australia's 5th highest wicket taker.
  • 2005
    Age 28
    Lee made his Twenty20 and T20 International debut on 15 February 2005 against New Zealand in the first ever T20 international match.
    More Details Hide Details He was called up to the squad for the 2007 ICC World Twenty20. During the tournament, he made history by claiming the first hat trick in T20 internationals in the Group F match against Bangladesh and also won the Man of the Match award.
    In the second Test of that series, at Durban, Lee captured his 200th Test wicket in his 51st match and also captured figures of 5 for 69, on the back of 49 Test wickets in 2005.
    More Details Hide Details He was named as one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year. He was unable to maintain his performance when Australia visited Bangladesh for a two Test series, taking two wickets at 93, coming bottom of Australia's bowling averages.
    During South Africa's 2005–06 tour of Australia, Lee's form saw a steady improvement, with figures of 5/93 in the first Test at Perth.
    More Details Hide Details He finished the three Test series with 13 wickets and of the Australian bowlers, was second only to Shane Warne's 14 wickets in the series. Three Australian players including Lee, who was reprimanded in the Third Test in Sydney for showing dissent towards umpire Aleem Dar. With the unavailability of Glenn McGrath for the tour of South Africa in March–April 2006, Lee became the spearhead of the Australian bowling line-up.
    In the 2005-06 Australian cricket season, Lee's Test figures improved from his 2001–04 difficulties, with a season bowling average of 25.74.
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    During the first Test against the West Indies in late 2005 at the Gabba, after declaring that he would sacrifice pace and focus on 'line and length', Lee reverted to his initial style of bowling, based on the advice of his captain Ricky Ponting after his new method of bowling failed in the first innings.
    More Details Hide Details This saw him take 5/30 his fifth five-wicket haul in Tests, his first in four years.
    After 18 months on the sidelines, Lee returned to the Test team in the 2005 Ashes series.
    More Details Hide Details With Kasprowicz and Jason Gillespie both struggling for form, Lee returned to take the new ball with Glenn McGrath. He averaged 40 with the ball for the series, which some commentators have put down to having to bowl longer spells than he was accustomed to at the time, but was retained, in part because of his defiant batting which yielded runs at an average of 26.33. During the Ashes, he claimed his 150th test wicket off Andrew Strauss with a straight yorker on Day 1 of the third test. Part of Lee's difficulty at Test level is that the benefits of his high speed, which give the batsmen less reaction time, also results in more erratic bowling. In recent times he has tried to concentrate solely on accuracy by reducing speed.
  • 2004
    Age 27
    He was subsequently replaced by fellow fast bowler Michael Kasprowicz in 2004 during the tour of Sri Lanka when Lee's ankle injury worsened, forcing him to return home to have surgery.
    More Details Hide Details This injury would force Lee out of the game for 4½ months to ensure his full recovery. Lee's form in the Test arena had been ineffective, and from July 2001 to January 2004, he had a Test bowling average of 38.42, compared to an average of 16.07 in his earlier career. Lee was unable to reclaim his position for eighteen months, when Kasprowicz took 47 wickets at 23.74 in thirteen Tests, taking his wickets at a much lower cost than Lee had done in the previous three years. This included 17 wickets at 26.82 on the spin friendly pitches of the Indian subcontinent, helping Australia to its first whitewash in Sri Lanka, and its first series win in India for 35 years.
  • 2003
    Age 26
    Against the Indian batting line-up in the 2003–04 home series, which ended in a 1–1 draw for Australia, Lee was out of the first two Tests recovering from a torn abdominal muscle, an injury which he sustained during the Zimbabwe series.
    More Details Hide Details Lee took eight wickets in 100 overs in the final two Tests against India, at an average of 59.50. This Test included a double century to Sachin Tendulkar in the Indians' first innings of 7/705 where Sachin and V.V.S. Laxman freely attacked Lee and other bowlers in the final Test in Sydney. He ended the series with the worst average and economy rate of Australia's front line bowlers.
    After the 2003 Cricket World Cup, Lee took 17 wickets at 28.88 in four Tests against the West Indies.
    More Details Hide Details It was the first series in two years where he averaged under 30, and only the second in that period where had averaged under 40. After a mid year break, he participated in a Two Test series against Bangladesh in northern Australia. He took six wickets at 31.66, and was Australia's most expensive bowler, with the other specialist bowlers averaging 15.55 against the lowest ranked team in Test cricket. He followed this with six wickets at 37 in a comfortable 2–0 Test series against Zimbabwe, in which the other specialist bowlers averaged 23.15.
  • 2002
    Age 25
    With the other frontline bowlers all taking wickets at less than 13, Lee was dropped when Gillespie returned for the first two Tests during the 2002–03 Ashes series.
    More Details Hide Details He returned for the Perth Test, after claiming a five wicket haul in a Pura Cup match against Queensland for New South Wales. He took thirteen wickets at 41.23 in three matches, compared to Bichel's ten at 35.1.
    Lee came under pressure for his position after taking only five wickets at 46.50 in the three-Test series against Pakistan in 2002.
    More Details Hide Details Andy Bichel, who was filling for the injured Jason Gillespie, took eight wickets at 13.25.
  • 2001
    Age 24
    Lee returned to the international team for the 2001 Ashes series after recovering from an elbow injury.
    More Details Hide Details His comeback saw less success than his debut, managing only nine wickets in five Tests at 55.11. However, Lee was back as Australia's leading wicket-taker in the first and third Test against New Zealand later that year, in a series which he captured 5 wickets in the second innings and made a contribution of 61 with the bat in the first Test match. The series ended in a 0–0 draw. He finished the series with 14 wickets at 25.14. The two home and away series against South Africa were not as productive, yielding 19 wickets in six Tests at 38.42. Lee only took five wickets in a match on three occasions between the New Zealand series and the 2003 Cricket World Cup.
    He returned against Zimbabwe but soon suffered another setback a month later when he broke his right elbow and was sidelined until May 2001.
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  • 2000
    Age 23
    Lee made his One Day International debut for Australia against Pakistan on 9 January 2000 during the Carlton and United Breweries Series at the Gabba, Brisbane.
    More Details Hide Details He became the 140th ODI cricketer to represent Australia. In February 2002 against South Africa, he scored his first ODI half century, 51* not out. In One-day Internationals, he was ranked by the ICC as the No. 1 ODI bowler in January 2006 and has been ranked among the top ten ODI bowlers since the start of 2003. His bowling strike rate of around 30 puts him amongst the most incisive in this form of the game. He also has a One-day International hat-trick to his name, achieved in the 2003 World Cup against Kenya. Lee was the first Australian and fourth bowler to ever achieve this feat in World Cup history. In the matches Australia played in the 2005–06 triangular one day series, Lee gave a display of his useful batting abilities by making 57 in the second game in a 100 run partnership with Michael Hussey to pull Australia out of a middle order collapse. Lee finished the series with 15 wickets, the third highest tally behind Nathan Bracken and Muttiah Muralitharan.
    He was selected for the Test series against the West Indies in late 2000.
    More Details Hide Details During the first Test he scored his first half-century in test cricket and in the next Test, took seven wickets including a five wicket haul in the second innings. However, he suffered a stress fracture of the lower back which kept him out of the next three Tests.
    Lee won the inaugural Donald Bradman Young Player of the Year Award at the Allan Border Medal award ceremony in 2000 soon after his debut.
    More Details Hide Details Lee took 42 wickets in his opening three series, the most by any Australian bowler in the seven matches he played.
  • 1999
    Age 22
    However, he duly made his Test debut for Australia in December 1999 against the touring Indians, becoming Australia's 383rd Test cricketer.
    More Details Hide Details Bowling first change, Lee took a wicket in his first over in Test cricket when he bowled Sadagoppan Ramesh with his fourth delivery. He also captured Rahul Dravid in his first spell before returning to take three wickets in six balls to finish the innings with figures of 5/47 from 17 overs, becoming the first Australian fast bowler since Dennis Lillee to take 5 wickets on debut. Lee took 13 wickets in his opening two Tests at the low average of 14.15.
    He was eventually chosen in the final 14 for the Test series against Pakistan in 1999 but failed to make the starting 11.
    More Details Hide Details By the time the Test series against India came around, he was twelfth man.
    Such performances impressed his New South Wales teammate Steve Waugh, who was then Australia captain, and culminated in his Test debut in December 1999.
    More Details Hide Details He finished the season as the Blues' second-highest wicket taker in the Pura Cup with 24 wickets in 5 matches. After a successful Test series against India, Lee returned to domestic cricket and was named in the 2008 Pura Cup final. He hit his career best batting score, 97 against Victoria in the Blues' second innings and scored a record 176-run partnership with Beau Casson. In Victoria's second innings, he took 4–72, dismissing the last four tailenders, as the Blues won the final.
    He started the 1999–2000 season by claiming 8 wickets in his first two matches.
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  • 1998
    Age 21
    During the 1998–99 season Lee was a more regular presence in the latter stages of the Sheffield Shield.
    More Details Hide Details He took 14 wickets, including a 5-wicket haul against Tasmania in the second innings.
  • 1997
    Age 20
    Lee was first named in the New South Wales Blues squad as the twelfth man for the 14–16 November match against Queensland in the 1997–98 Sheffield Shield.
    More Details Hide Details The following week, he made his first-class debut for the Blues against Western Australia and took 3 wickets at 114, including that of the captain Tom Moody. It would be his only appearance in the Sheffield Shield for the rest of the season. He ended a memorable month by taking a 5-wicket haul in the Sydney grade Limited-Overs Cup final against Bankstown on 30 November.
  • 1996
    Age 19
    Prior to making his first-class debut, Lee played for Mosman in the final of the 1996–97 Sydney Grade Cricket competition.
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  • 1995
    Age 18
    He was awarded a scholarship to attend the AIS Australian Cricket Academy in the 1995–96 season.
    More Details Hide Details His contemporaries included fellow internationals Jason Gillespie and Mike Hussey.
  • 1994
    Age 17
    In March 1994, he was forced out of the Australian under-19 team to tour India due to stress fractures in his lower back and it forced him to remodel his bowling action to minimise the impact on his back.
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  • 1976
    Born on November 8, 1976.
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