Famous cricket player of Australia: Brett Lee
Brett Lee is one of the fastest bowlers of modern cricket. His pace combined with the ability to swing the bowl both ways makes him a perfect opening bowler in one day cricket today. During the time when Aussie bowling attack was all about accuracy Lee came into the Australian cricket team with genuine speed. His partnership with McGrath in the later years was nothing short of a nightmare for batsmen around the globe.
He has been in the one day international squad for more than ten years with 335 wickets so far. He was an integral part of the 2003 Cricket World Cup winning Australian team. He was at his best during the super eight match against the arch rivals New Zealand cricket team. The Aussie could only manage a modest 208 after their allotted 50 overs and all eyes were on Kiwis for an easy victory but Lee had other ideas. An inspired bowling change from Ponting saw Lee ripping through the Black Caps late order in matter of minutes. He finished the match with excellent figures of 5 for 42 in 9 overs. In the semi final against Sri Lanka he took three early wickets ensuring his team’s progress in the finals. His final tally of the tournament was an impressive 22 wickets. Lee was unfortunate to miss the 2007 Cricket World Cup due to injury.
This will be his last chance to shine again on the biggest stage of the world cricket. Sub continent pitches might not be the ideal tracks to bowl at but when you have the speed to destroy the opposition you don’t really pay attention to such minor details.
In his formidable career, Bret Lee took 380 ODI wickets. He ended his career one wicket short of Glenn McGrath’s 381 ODI wicket. Both these bowling records were crossed by Pakistan’s Shahid Khan Afridi in 2014.