Australian fast bowler, Bret Lee announced his retirement from International cricket. Lee had retired from Test cricket back in 2010. The 35-year-old right arm bowler assured that it is the right time for him to distance his self from cricket.
Brett Lee was world’s second fastest bowler ever in Cricket, first being Pakistan’s Shoaib Akhtar. His fastest delivery was recorded to be 99.9 mph in 2010 at New Zealand. Lee stressed that he was thinking of retiring for quite some time. "You get to the point in life where you say enough is enough," Lee said.
"The last two or three nights I thought about it a lot. I woke up this morning and just felt like I was ready."
Lee never pushed his entrance into the Australian squad. He was most of the time in form and therefore was easily able to confirm his entry in to the final squad. His bowling figures confirms, how good he was in the game. In one-day arena he earned 380 wickets, at an average of 23.36 from 221 matches.
He was the part of the team when, Australia won consecutive Cricket World Cups in 1990s and 2000s. He was also the highest wicket taking bowler in the 2009 ashes series between England and Australia.
His absence from the Australian squad will definitely create a huge void of experience. But Lee has confirmed that there is no looking back. He assured that he has not made the retirement’s announcement to take it back sometime in future.
Lee has decided to continue playing world Twenty20 in Indian premier league and for NSW. But he will not be taking part in any domestic cricket.
He told Australia's Channel 9: "I think in a team environment you have to have 100% commitment, mentally and physically.
"I guess, looking at the next few months, I just didn't have that desire any more. It wouldn't be fair on me or my team if I went with that attitude."
Many prominent cricket players issued emotional statements regarding Bret Lee’s retirement.
Australia national selector John Inverarity said: "Today one of Australia's most outstanding fast bowlers announced his retirement.