SYDNEY: Australian pace bowler Brett Lee on Friday announced his retirement from international cricket after a 13-year career, saying his body and mind were no longer up to the stresses of touring.
The 35-year-old said a calf muscle strain that forced him home from Australia’s recent one-day tour to Britain was the final straw after a string of setbacks caused by injuries. “I woke up this morning and just felt like I was ready,” Lee said, adding his original plan had been to play at September’s World Twenty20 tournament in Sri Lanka as his international swansong.
“I think personally in a team environment you have to have 100 percent commitment — mentally and physically,” he told a press conference at the Sydney Cricket Ground. “And I guess looking at the next few months I just didn’t have that desire any more. “It wouldn’t be fair on me or my team if I went with that attitude… you get to the point in life where you say enough is enough.”
Lee said he would continue to play the less demanding Twenty20 cricket in the Indian Premier League and the Australian Big Bash League.
Lee’s calf injury was the latest in a long line of injuries that punctuated his playing career, of 310 Test wickets at 30.81 from 76 matches and 380 one-day international wickets at 23.36 from 221 matches.