Brett Lee retires from international cricket

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Updated: Friday, July 13, 2012, 15:41 [IST]
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Sydney, Jul 13: Australia fast bowler Brett Lee on Friday announced his retirement from international cricket but will continue to play in the Indian Premier League and Big Bash League. "The last two or three nights I thought about it a lot. I woke up this morning and just felt like I was ready," the 35-year-old said, announcing his decision to the media at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on Friday.

Lee retires from international cricket

Lee's Career In Numbers

He added: "I think personally in a team environment you have to have 100 per cent commitment - mentally and physically. And I guess looking at the next few months I just didn't have that desire any more. It wouldn't be fair on me, or my team if I went with that attitude ... you get to the point in life where you say enough is enough."

"It has been a dream career, I guess, 13 years at the top. I couldn't ask for much more," Lee told Channel Nine TV channel.

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

"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 had quit from Test cricket in February 2010. He was part of the ODI squad in the recently concluded series against England but had to return home following a calf strain, last Friday during the third ODI in Chester-le-Street.

Lee retired 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.

Lee will still continue to play in the KFC T20 Big Bash League as well as the Indian Premier League.


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Story first published:  Friday, July 13, 2012, 10:29 [IST]
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