Brett Lee’s illustrious career is poised for one more highlight with his Sydney Sixers winning through to the Big Bash Final last night after smashing the Adelaide Strikers
The final in Canberra on Wednesday night will bring a close to Lee’s career that has spanned 20-years since he made his debut for New South Wales.
Known mostly for his raw pace, the fast bowler spent the prime of his career bowling in the high 150’s, with regular balls getting up to 160kph.
While his fastest official delivery was clocked 160.8kph (Third fastest ever officially recorded), he managed to send down a 161.8kph delivery in an unofficial match against the West Indies.
After bursting onto the domestic scene as a fresh faced youngster that could bowl a cricket ball at over 150kph for New South Wales, he was handed a baggy green cap for the 1999 Boxing Day test match against India at the M.C.G.
Destined for greatness, Lee took a wicket in his very first over on his way to taking 5/47 from 17 overs in front of a vocal Melbourne crowd.
This was the beginning of a lengthy test career, with Lee playing a major role in Australia’s dominance for over a decade in all formats of the game.
In his 76 test career Lee took 310 wickets at an average of 30.81, with 10 five wicket hauls during that time.
A handy lower order batsman, the New South Welshman made 1,451 runs including five scores of over 50.
Less than a month after making his test match debut, the young speedster made his one day international debut against Pakistan at the Gabba.
Like his test career, Lee did not look back after his one day international debut as he went on to take 380 wickets from his 221 games.
During his 221 games, Lee was a part of the victorious Australian sides in both the 2003 and 2007 ICC Cricket World Cups.
In a very special time for Brett, he was able to play for Australia with his older brother Shane.
Having retired from test cricket in 2010, the veteran fast bowler called it quits on his international career by retiring from one-day cricket in 2012.
But this wasn’t the last that we would see of him as he signed with the Sydney Sixers in the then starting Big Bash Twenty/20 league in Australia while he also played one more season in 2013 for the Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League.
Known for not just his pace but his ability to bowl a variety of deliveries, Lee has thrived in the past couple of Big Bash seasons, playing a major role for the Sydney Sixers with the ball.
Whether it’s against the Melbourne Stars or Perth Scorchers, Lee will be looking to go out with one last piece of silverware in his final game of cricket in Canberra on Wednesday night.
Written by: Joe Schwab @Meadowswidget