Birth date 8 Nov 1976 (42 years)
Nationality Australia Australia
Position Bowler
Nickname Binga, Bing, The Speedster
Team history
Sydney Sixers 2011 - 2015
Knight Riders 2011 - 2013
New South Wales cricket team 1995 - 2012
Wellington cricket team 2011
Kings XI Punjab 2008 - 2010

Brett Lee is a professional Australian cricketer, who is a right-arm fast bowler, aggressive right handed batsman and an athletic fielder. Lee is acknowledged as one of the world’s fastest bowler. He is not just a fast bowler but also a constructive lower order batsman and an athletic fielder. The maximum speed attained by him is 160.8 kmph and only Shoiab Akhtar has surpassed the speed to 161.4 kmph compared to Brett Lee till date. At present, he is part of the IPL team, Kolkata Knight Riders to play at the IPL 5 season.

In the 1997-98 season, Lee made his first class debut for New South Wales in a Sheffield Shield match and took three wickets for 114 runs. In this season, he played five games and took 14 wickets at 30. In 1999, due to his impressive performance at Perth, his inclusion in the Australian side was recommended by Steve Waugh and Shane Warne.

Lee’ s test debut for Australia was in December 1999 against India where he became 383rd player to represent Australia in test matches. In the first innings itself, he finished with figures of 5 for 47. In the opening two tests, Lee took 13 wickets at an average of 14.15. In 2000, Lee won the inaugural Donald Bradman Young Player of the Year award.

In the opening three series, Lee took 42 wickets, which is the maximum by any Australian bowler. However, in the seventh test, he took seven wickets, but suffered a stress factor of the lower back, due to which he missed three tests.

In the inaugural Warne-Muralitharan Trophy, Lee became the Man of the Series. In two tests, he picked up 16 wickets. After this trophy, in the four test series against India, Lee took 24 wickets. In 2007-08, he was the Man of the Series for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

Lee’ s one day debut was against Pakistan on 9th January, 2000. In the ODIs, Lee is regarded as one of the finest and most feared bowlers in the world. In January 2006, he was ranked by the ICC as the No.1 bowler. In the 2003 World Cup, in the match against Kenya, he scored a one day international hat-trick. He became the first Australian and overall fourth bowler to achieve this feat.

In the 2005-06 triangular one day series, Lee contributed 57 runs in a 100 run partnership with Michael Hussey and pulled out Australia from a middle order collapse. However, he has not contributed a large number of runs with the bat. In this series, he took 15 wickets. In the Indian Premier League, Lee played for the Kings XI Punjab owned by Bollywood actress Preity Zinta.

Career Highlights

Lee took a hat trick in the Twenty20 International and became the first player to do so. In 2006, he was selected as the Wisden Cricketer of the Year. He is amongst Australia’ s Greatest ODI XI.

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