One of the fastest bowlers of all time, Brett Lee has dominated world cricket till his last match. After Jeff Thomson, Lee took the responsibility of terrifying the batsmen with his electrifying pace. Representing Australia for 13 years (1999-2012) in the international arena, The Flash has taken more than 650 wickets for his country. His bouncers and Yorkers were pinpoint to get the best batsmen out. There are some interesting facts about Brett Lee, which may make his fans delighted.
Interesting Facts About Brett Lee
- Brett Lee was born in Wollongong, Australia on 8th November 1976 to his father Bob, a metallurgist, and mother Helen Buxton (a piano teacher).
- Lee has 2 siblings- younger brother Grant Lee played U-19 cricket for New South Wales and elder brother Shane Lee represented Australia in 45 ODIs.
- Beginning his professional cricket for Oak Flats Rats, he played first-grade cricket for Campbelltown at the age of 16 after a good show in his first club.
- Lee’s nickname is “Binga”. During the early stage of his career, Steve Waugh used to call him “Oswald”.
- Brett Lee made his first appearance in first-class cricket in Sheffield Shield for New South Wales against Western Australia, returned with 3/114 in the match. Former Australian cricketer Tom Moody was also one of his victims in that match.
- In the 1999-2000 domestic season, Lee grabbed 8 wickets in matches, which captivated the captain of New South Wales, Steve Waugh. He ended up making his test debut against India. He picked up a fifer in the match and became 2nd Australian after Dennis Lillie to take a 5-wicket haul on debut on debut.
- Lee is one of the few players, who has taken more than 300 wickets in Test and ODI both.
- Brett Lee is the first player to win the “Don Bradman Young Player of the Year” award in 2000. The young seamer took 42 wickets in 7 matches in that season.
- Lee had a great World Cup in 2003. He was the 2nd highest wicket-taker with 22 wickets in 10 games, including a hat-trick against Kenya.
- The 6 ft 2 inch tall Aussie is the only player to take 2 fifers in ODI at Lord’s twice.
- Many players have come and gone in ODI cricket, but Lee has grabbed the 8th most wickets in One Day Internationals, 380 wickets.
- Lee played the first-ever T20 international match against New Zealand in 2005. He bowled an economical spell, 1/26 in 4 overs.
- Brett Lee is the first player to claim a hat-trick in T20 Internationals, he made the record against Bangladesh in the 2007 T20 World Cup.
- After sustaining lots of injuries and a major back injury in 2008, Lee knew that he was unable to maintain fitness. Afterward, he contemplated about it with his friend Andrew Flintoff and retired from the longest format of the game in 2010.
- Australia didn’t have a dream 2011 World Cup. As they got eliminated in the quarter-finals by the host India. But Brett Lee fought till the last moment and ended the tournament as the highest wicket-taker of Australia (12).
- Lee hanged his boots from international cricket in 2012 after playing an ODI against England. At the end of his career, he had 718 wickets in his name.
- In the Indian Premier League, Lee played for two teams- Kings Xi Punjab (2008-10) and Kolkata Knight Riders (2011-13). He scalped 25 wickets in 38 games and held the IPL trophy with KKR in 2012.
- The former Australian quick is a part of a rock band called “six & out”. The other members of this band are his sibling Shane Lee and former Australian cricketers.
- Brett Lee has acted in few movies also like- “Victory” and “Unindian”.
- Lee has a huge fanbase in India and he loves the country like his own. In 2007, he established Mewsic Foundation, which helps unprivileged youth to get into music.
- Lee’s jersey number was 58.
- His estimated net worth is $10 million.
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