Australian fast bowler Brett Lee announced on Thursday that he will retire from all forms of cricket after the end of Big Bash League (BBL) this season. Brett Lee retired from international cricket in 2012, and after that he became a T20 specialist and started playing in the domestic T20 leagues across the world, including the Indian Premier League (IPL).
As we celebrate Brett Lee’s phenomenal cricketing career, we let you in on some facts about one of the fastest bowlers ever.
1) Brett Lee was born in Oak Flats, New South Wales, Australia
2) Brett Lee started playing cricket when he was 8 years old.
3) In first cricket match at the age of 9, Brett Lee bowled out six batsmen in succession in a single over
4) Brett Lee is the first Australian cricketer to claim a hat-trick in a World Cup (2003 vs Kenya).
5) Brett Lee was once briefly nicknamed ‘Oswald’ by former Australian captain and New South Wales team-mate Steve Waugh during his early international career.
6) Brett Lee has been known by his nickname ‘Bing’, after the chain of electronics store Bing Lee, since his high school days.
7) During the 2006 ICC Champions Trophy in India, Brett Lee wrote the lyrics for ‘You’re the One For Me’ and recorded it with the legendary Indian singer Asha Bhosle.
8) Brett Lee’s favourite cricketers are Dennis Lillee and Allan Donald.
9) Brett Lee divorced his first wife Elizabeth Kemp in 2009; the couple had a son named Preston together. Lee married Lana Anderson in 2014.
10) Brett Lee’s fastest delivery in international cricket is 161.0 km/h.
11) Brett Lee starre in a short film called ‘Dream Date’, directed by Adam Rainford.
12) Brett Lee’s favorite Indian actor is Amitabh Bachchan.
13) On his 17th birthday, Brett Lee’s parents gave him a gold necklace and bracelet which he hardly takes off.
14) Brett Lee’s favourite all-time movie is The Shawshank Redemption.
15) Brett Lee was given a secret trial as pitcher for America baseball team the Arizona Diamondbacks.
By The Cricket Lounge