New Delhi: Brett Lee, the Australian fast bowler, has called time on a 13-year international career in which he took 310 Test and 380 ODI wickets. Here are some tributes from current and former players.
Steve Waugh, Australian captain when Lee debuted in 1999
“I think he’s had an outstanding career and in a lot of ways he has raised the bar for quick bowlers in the future because generally quick bowlers after they turn 30 wind down and bowl at 80 per cent pace. Brett went at 100 per cent for his whole career which is incredible to think the strain and the effort he put his body through and the amount of injuries he’d overcome.
“The resilience that he showed was quite amazing and I really take my hat off for him that even in his last game of cricket at age 34 or 35 he was still bowling 100 per cent flat out and never pulled back at all. He always bowled to the max and very few bowlers in the history of the game have done that.”
Ian Chappell, former Australian captain turned commentator
“He’s had a tremendous career. He’s had a few difficulties with injuries but shown great determination to overcome those injuries. There was a time when the Australian attack was McGrath, Lee, Gillespie and Warne, and I think that’s got to be one of Australia’s best-ever attacks because it had so much variety. Australia have had some great fast bowlers and I would put Brett Lee in that category.”
Greg Dyer, Australian Cricketers Association president
"Brett Lee has been a wonderful fast bowler whose ability to stay at the top for such an extended period shows an extraordinary level of skill, dedication and determination. He's been a popular and lion-hearted performer who played a key role in Australia's success.”