End of an era – Australia’s star paceman Brett Lee retires from international cricket
The world of cricket saw the end of an era today. Brett Lee, one of the world’s fastest and most revered bowlers announced his retirement after a career the stretched over 13 years.
The Australian pace bowler held a press conference on Friday in which he explained announced and explained the reasons for his retirement. Brett Lee said that he had great respect for the game and had a lot of fun in hi days but his mind and body were no longer capable of handling the stress of touring around the world.
“It's official, I have retired from international cricket. Thanks for all your love and support. It's been an amazing 13 years,” Brett Lee said in a Twitter post just before his news conference.
Brett Lee just recently returned from a tour of England after experiencing calf problems. The 35-year-old had been in England for just a day when the Australian medical team made it clear that Brett Lee had suffered a minor calf injury.
Brett Lee told media that he had been thinking about this decision and saw this moment as the perfect time to come up with this announcement.
“I woke up this morning and knew I had to call it quits today. Friday the 13th, 13 years (since his Test debut), I thought it was pretty appropriate,” Brett Lee said in an interview to Channel Nine.
“I thought I would go over there and try and play the Twenty20 World Cup (in Sri Lanka in September), but (being) mentally and physically challenged, it would just not be worth it.
“So I'm walking away happy with the call I've made.”
Brett Lee further said that he had thoroughly enjoyed his cricket career, but he was becoming tired of being away from home so long. Brett Lee added that he was looking forward to a new chapter in his life.
“It's been a fantastic career and I've loved every minute of it, but it's stage two of my life now,” Brett Lee said.
“My holiday will be at home -- I'm sick of being away. That was on my mind as well -- time away from home.
“I just want to maybe do some fishing and just chill out for a few months.”
Brett Lee retired from Test cricket in February 2010 with 310 wickets to his name. Brett Lee continued to play in One-day and Twenty20 cricket. Brett Lee has 380 wickets to his name in 220 ODIs and 28 wickets in 25 games of Twenty20 cricket.
Brett Lee will not be playing for Australia anymore, but can return to action with private cricket teams.