Impact of Lee’s retirement hits

July 22, 2012 at 7:54 pm Leave a comment

You suspect Brett Lee’s countless victims will not lose too much sleep tonight.

The 35-year-old, who shaped the face of many cricket bets over the course of his international career, has confirmed his retirement from national duty, marking the end of a distinguished career in the short and long format of the game.

He is the equal leading wicket taker for Australia in one-day internationals, having moved level with Glenn McGrath on 380 victims.

He retired from Test cricket in February 2010 and finished as Australia’s fourth-most successful bowler with 310 wickets in 76 matches.

Lee will continue in the Big Bash and IPL but international followers will be deprived a true exponent of speed who took down his opponents with a flashy smile.

For the bulk of his career Lee operated as the support cast for McGrath and Jason Gillespie but to pin him down as merely an underling would be to do him a massive disservice.

There were highs and lows; England proved a cruel host and who can forget a consoling arm from Andrew Flintoff at the end of his Edgbaston batting near-miss in 2005?

His withdrawal from cricket’s top table also leaves a dearth of experienced top paceman on the world stage.

Dale Steyn is next best in terms of outright speed while the spotlight now falls on Mitchell Johnson, who hasn’t missed a match in 32 Tests since his debut, although critics would argue he lacks natural pace. Shaun Tait reached over 160kph against Pakistan and Dirk Nannes can hit the 150s.

On a wider point, it also sparks the debate among those who in to watch live cricket online about whether a punishing international schedule is robbing cricket purists the sight of the finer art.


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