Brett Lee Bids Goodbye to International Cricket
One of the world's fastest bowlers who made India his second home, Australia's Brett Lee on Friday announced his retirement from international cricket ending an injury-ravaged career that spanned 13 years.
The 35-year-old affable pacer, who retired from Test cricket in 2010, had been most recently laid low by a calf injury.
Lee, a part-time bass guitarist who enjoys a huge fan-base in India, said he could not carry on anymore given the suffering his body has endured.
Brett Lee in pics
"It has been a dream career, I guess, 13 years at the top. I couldn't ask for much more," Lee told a television channel. Lee said he had initially planned to retire after the upcoming World Twenty20 tournament in Sri Lanka.
"Thirteen years, Friday the 13th, it's appropriate for me to go. I woke up this morning after not much sleep and it's the right time to go. It just came to me this morning and I just felt it's the right time to leave the game.
"It's been in the back of my mind for a few months." Lee said he was happy to have played "in a fantastic era, playing with the likes of Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath and Adam Gilchrist, Steve and Mark Waugh, heroes of mine growing up".