Updated: 14/07/2012 19:19 | By pa.press.net

Lee: Enough is enough



Brett Lee finishes his one-day career having claimed 380 wickets

Brett Lee finishes his one-day career having claimed 380 wickets

Brett Lee revealed a loss of desire to compete at the highest level led to his decision to retire from international cricket.

Lee, 35, was forced to return home early from Australia's one-day tour of England earlier this month with a calf injury. And his appearance in the fourth match of the series in Durham - where he took 0-12 off 2.2 overs in an eight-wicket loss - proved to be his last for his country.

Lee had been hopeful of playing in Australia's Twenty20 World Cup team in August and September in Sri Lanka, but after his latest injury setback, the paceman decided enough was enough. On Friday, he told Australia's Channel 9: "The last two or three nights I thought about it a lot. I woke up this morning and just felt like I was ready."

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."

The paceman will continue to play domestic cricket for New South Wales in the shorter forms, although he turned down a Cricket New South Wales contract last month, while he is also likely to continue playing in the Indian Premier League.

Lee retired from the Test arena in February 2010 after claiming 310 scalps at an average of 30.81 in 76 matches.

He continued to play one-day international and Twenty20 cricket at both international and domestic level and, in the absence of the likes of Glenn McGrath and Jason Gillespie, spearheaded the pace attack in the 50-over format of the game.

Lee finished his one-day career with 380 wickets - one short of McGrath's Australian record haul of 381 - from 221 matches at an average of 23.36 and an economy rate of 4.76.

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13/07/2012 10:25
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Brett Lee was the last of the great Australian side including Ponting,McGrath, Warne,Martin etc to retire

A great fast bowler and a whole hearted player Australia miss him already..

Saw his last game in Durham and when he broke down with a ham string wondered whether this was his last game and so it was,

England are now in the ascendancy thankfully but we must remember the great contribution Brett Lee made to the 2005 Ashes series

Shezza

 

 

13/07/2012 11:38
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Not just a great player; a great sportsman as well.  He will be missed.
13/07/2012 15:42
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Brett.
Sorry to see you go. With the forced retirement of Mark Boucher, two great cricket players have gone this week. Two men who played with great skill and passion at there chosen positions with in the team.
Cricket and cricket fans will rue the lose to the game of these two men.
This is not about the team that you support but the great game of cricket. The support that we who love the game give and get from watching these men perform there skills at the highest level. Good luck Brett,hope all goes well for you. Thank you for the pleasure you have given me. One very proud English supporter. 
13/07/2012 20:39
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lets not forget the magic moment in the 2005 ashes with flintoff to see two sportsmen have a trully great sporting moment!although an aussie he was part of the best team in the world for so long that everybody who is a true cricket fan will wish him well!
13/07/2012 21:13
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Great player and a great man, brought us so many memories a lot of them sad ones (for us pommies) a true legend who will be missed.
13/07/2012 16:42
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great player , last of the great aussie team, who ruled the earth , will be missed. well done brett.
13/07/2012 16:06
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feel sorry for the guy, a good player in a average team. No doubt he will remembered for his tussle with shoaib akhtar to be the fastest bowler. The end of the day for him can't see how he could have turned the team around on his own and to be retired by england must be hard for him to take. 
13/07/2012 12:46
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The less said about his pop career in India the better.
13/07/2012 21:29
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was impressed with his controlled aggression bowling and pure heart with the bat although not the best with the bat you were always happy as a pom to see him leave the wicket monumental aussie sportsman up there with wally lewis and david campese
13/07/2012 10:46
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Hmm, gives up international cricket for Oz, but will continue to play in Indian premier League which will pay much more money, bit like Pieterson's no more ODI!

He will be missed and has been a superb player, but the reasons for leaving the Oz team are a little hypocritical I feel.

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