Brett Lee to announce retirement from all cricket
BRETT Lee has decided to retire from all cricket today.
Australia's selectors were keen for the veteran paceman to play on until the Twenty20 World Cup in September.
And there he was an expectation he would play in the Big Bash this summer after his success with titleholders the Sydney Sixers last season.
But after being sent home early from the one-day tour of England with a calf strain, he decided today that enough was enough.
Lee, 35, battled serious injuries throughout his career to become one of Australia's fastest and most successful bowlers.
In 76 Tests he claimed 310 wickets and also had a useful batting average of 20.
He also claimed 380 wickets in 221 one-day internationals, becoming just the second Australian behind Glenn McGrath to take 300 or more Test and one-day scalps.
But Lee was more than just his impressive figures.
Exciting, exuberant and ever-smiling, he brought much to cricket with his pizzazz and enjoyment, highlighting that in the end it was still a game.