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.

related stories on msn

15Comments
13/07/2012 10:25
avatar

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
avatar
Not just a great player; a great sportsman as well.  He will be missed.
13/07/2012 15:42
avatar
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
avatar
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
avatar
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
avatar
great player , last of the great aussie team, who ruled the earth , will be missed. well done brett.
13/07/2012 16:06
avatar
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
avatar
The less said about his pop career in India the better.
13/07/2012 21:29
avatar
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
avatar

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.

Report
Please help us to maintain a healthy and vibrant community by reporting any illegal or inappropriate behavior. If you believe a message violates theCode of Conductplease use this form to notify the moderators. They will investigate your report and take appropriate action. If necessary, they report all illegal activity to the proper authorities.
Categories
100 character limit
Are you sure you want to delete this comment?
10 reasons to make MSN UK your homepage (© Microsoft)

latest cricket news

  • England's Alex Hales is bowled by India's Bhuvneshwar Kumar

    Even a gem of an innings from Moeen Ali could salvage a total of only 206 all out for England in the fourth Royal London Series match against India at Edgbaston.

  • Adam Lyth hit 182 not out as Yorkshire took control against Lancashire

    Yorkshire opener Adam Lyth scored his fifth century of the season to give LV= County Championship Division One title chasers Yorkshire the upper hand in their crucial Roses battle against Lancashire.

  • New England call-up is "fine" after his day of injury drama at The Oval

    Jason Roy endured several hours of drama he and the selectors could have done without, retiring hurt after taking a blow to his thumb on the day he was named in an England squad for the first time.

  • Adil Rashid took three wickets at Old Trafford

    Title-chasing Yorkshire made light of losing the toss and clearly held the upper hand by the close of the first day of the LV= County Championship Division One Roses match at Emirates Old Trafford.

  • Michael Clarke will return home to Australia to have his hamstring injury assessed

    Australia captain Michael Clarke has been ruled out of the rest of his side's triangular one-day series after suffering a recurrence of his hamstring injury in the shock defeat to Zimbabwe on Sunday.

  • Elton Chigumbura's half-century was vital for Zimbabwe

    Zimbabwe caused a major upset as they beat Australia for the first time in 31 years after claiming a three-wicket win in the ODI triangular series in Harare.

  • Alastair Cook's England suffered a six-wicket ODI defeat to India

    Frustrated Alastair Cook warns England must urgently start playing to their potential to avoid more setbacks they can ill afford on their road to the World Cup.

  • Alastair Cook was left to reflect on another defeat

    Flat England took the fast track to a six-wicket defeat in the third Royal London Series match after getting into a costly tangle against India's spinners at Trent Bridge.

  • Thisara Perera took four wickets as Sri Lanka hammered Pakistan

    Pakistan succumbed to their lowest one-day score in five years as a pathetic 102 all out helped Sri Lanka claim a seven-wicket victory in the series decider in Dambulla.

  • Warwickshire will be aiming for a second trophy of the year

    Warwickshire will continue their mission to claim the treble with a Royal London One-Day Cup semi-final against Kent at Edgbaston.

  • Peter Moores' England need to shape up for the World Cup

    Peter Moores admits time is short for England to make themselves a competitive force at next year's World Cup.

  • Sam Billings struck a quickfire 61 at Canterbury

    Sam Billings' thrilling 61 off 36 balls inspired Kent to victory against Gloucestershire by 24 runs in the Royal London One-Day Cup quarter-final under the Canterbury floodlights on Friday.

  • Graeme Swann, right, does not believe Alastair Cook is the right man to lead England's one-day side

    Graeme Swann has repeated his call for Alastair Cook to relinquish his place in England's one-day side, likening the team's current methods to a "two-litre diesel in a Formula One race".

  • India opener Rohit Sharma will miss the rest of the Royal London Series because of a broken finger

    India opener Rohit Sharma is to miss the remainder of the Royal London Series against England with a broken finger, and will be replaced by Murali Vijay.

  • Ben Cotton has made six appearances for Derbyshire's first team this season

    Derbyshire seamer Ben Cotton has signed a new two-year deal that will keep him at the club until the end of the 2016 season.