Cricket player in the spotlight: Brett Lee

People love watching team sports like cricket as it showcases the skills and athleticism of various athletes. Known as one of the most popular sports in the world, cricket fans have grown fond of how the sport comes in three major formats being played mainstream.

Aside from the international matches that a lot of fans look forward to, there are also several domestic matches held each year. One of the countries that produced several amazing athletes for the said sport in Australia. With their domestic league called the Big Bash League, people from various countries have been in awe of the players they’ve produced. Among these is Brett Lee, a former international cricketer who made a mark in the industry.

For those who aren’t that familiar with cricket player Brett Lee, here is a closer look at his career that made a lot of people adore him:

Domestic career

Lee started playing in the junior team Oak Flats Rats where he worked his way up the ranks. He also played for Middleton before he pursued a first-class cricket career at the age of 16 with Campbelltown. Soon, he was called to become a part of the Australian Under 17&19 team which led him to claim awards and scholarships with his skills.

He also played in the Big Bash League with the Sydney Sixers until 2015. During his last match, he cleanly took two wickets for the team even though they lost against the Perth Scorchers.

International career

Aside from playing in domestic matches, Lee also played for the national team in the three major formats of cricket. This later made him one of the fastest bowlers in the world. He usually plays as a fielder and a lower-order batter in most of his games.

Overall, he has already taken 310 wickets in Test matches, 280 wickets in One Day International matches (ODIs), and 28 wickets in T20 International matches (T20Is). He also spent several years in the Indian Premier League (IPL).


Lee has already earned several accolades and recognitions for his impressive cricketing skills. Here are some of the awards that he has earned to his name:

  • 2000: Bradman Young Cricketer of the Year
  • 1999 to 2000: Wisden Young Cricketer of the Year
  • 2002 to 2003: VB Series Player of the Series
  • 2004 to 2005: VB Series Player of the Series
  • 2005 ICC Awards: ODI Team of the Year
  • 2006: Wisden Cricketer of the Year
  • 2006 to 2007: DLF Cup Player of the Tournament
  • 2006 ICC Awards: ODI Team of the Year
  • Australia’s Greatest ODI XI
  • 2009 Champions League Twenty20 Player of the Series

Life after retirement

Brett Lee announced his retirement from international cricket in 2012. After that, he joined Channel Nine’s cricket commentating team where he reunited with former teammate Michael Slater. He also provided support for Slater on The Cricket Show.

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