47 Facts About Brett Lee

1. In 2007, Brett Lee initiated Mewsic, a charitable foundation in India.

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2. Brett Lee was appointed as the Global Hearing ambassador for Australian medical device company, Cochlear.

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3. Brett Lee is currently not sponsored by any cricket equipment manufacturer.

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4. In 2014, Brett Lee was criticised after he signed bats for Indian poltiicians Rajnath Singh, and Sushma Swaraj.

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5. In November 2011, Brett Lee launched his autobiography, which he wrote with the help of author James Knight.

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6. Brett Lee plays the bass guitar or acoustic guitar for the band.

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7. Brett Lee was once briefly nicknamed "Oswald" by former Australian captain and New South Wales teammate Steve Waugh during his early international career.

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8. Brett Lee is the second of three sons born to Bob, a metallurgist, and Helen, a piano teacher, and grew up in the Shellharbour suburbs of Oak Flats and Mount Warrigal.

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9. Brett Lee assisted author Michael Panckridge in the cricket-related Toby Jones.

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10. On 2 April 2006, Brett Lee hit his highest Test score of 64 in 68 balls against South Africa at Johannesburg.

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11. Brett Lee is known to celebrate many bowled wickets with a chainsaw celebration.

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12. Early in his career, Brett Lee was reported for a suspected illegal bowling action, but was cleared, and was heavily criticised after bowling a series of beamers at batsmen during a number of ODIs in 2005.

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13. Brett Lee was called up to the squad for the 2007 ICC World Twenty20.

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14. Brett Lee made his Twenty20 and T20 International debut on 15 February 2005 against New Zealand in the first ever T20 international match.

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15. Brett Lee earned six of his 22 wickets during the group stage, 11 wickets during the Super-six stage, 3 from the semi-final and 2 wickets from the final which Australia won.

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16. Brett Lee concluded the tournament with 22 wickets off 83.1 overs at an average of 17.90, a wicket behind Sri Lankan left-arm fastbowler Chaminda Vaas.

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17. Brett Lee was the first Australian and fourth bowler to ever achieve this feat in World Cup history.

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18. Brett Lee has a One-day International hat-trick to his name, achieved in the 2003 World Cup against Kenya.

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19. Brett Lee made his One Day International debut for Australia against Pakistan on 9 January 2000 during the Carlton and United Breweries Series at the Gabba, Brisbane.

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20. Brett Lee ended his Test career with 310 wickets in 76 tests, the fourth highest Australian total behind Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath and Dennis Lillee.

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21. Brett Lee was the only bowler to get reverse swing in this match and appeared to be in line for selection for the First Test at Cardiff.

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22. Brett Lee seemed underdone in the 2008 Australian tour of the West Indies, taking only 5 wickets in the first Test match, during which he seemed exhausted.

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23. Brett Lee capped off the season by winning the Allan Border Medal, the award given to the player adjudged Australia's best international cricketer of the past year.

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24. Brett Lee was unable to maintain his performance when Australia visited Bangladesh for a two Test series, taking two wickets at 93, coming bottom of Australia's bowling averages.

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25. Brett Lee was named as one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year.

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26. Brett Lee was unable to reclaim his position for eighteen months, when Kasprowicz took 47 wickets at 23.74 in thirteen Tests, taking his wickets at a much lower cost than Lee had done in the previous three years.

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27. Brett Lee was replaced by fellow fast bowler Michael Kasprowicz in 2004 during the tour of Sri Lanka when Lee's ankle injury worsened, forcing him to return home to have surgery.

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28. Brett Lee took eight wickets in 100 overs in the final two Tests against India, at an average of 59.50.

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29. Brett Lee took six wickets at 31.66, and was Australia's most expensive bowler, with the other specialist bowlers averaging 15.55 against the lowest ranked team in Test cricket.

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30. Brett Lee took thirteen wickets at 41.23 in three matches, compared to Bichel's ten at 35.1.

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31. Brett Lee returned for the Perth Test, after claiming a five wicket haul in a Pura Cup match against Queensland for New South Wales.

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32. Brett Lee came under pressure for his position after taking only five wickets at 46.50 in the three-Test series against Pakistan in 2002.

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33. Brett Lee was selected for the Test series against the West Indies in late 2000.

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34. Brett Lee took 42 wickets in his opening three series, the most by any Australian bowler in the seven matches he played.

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35. Brett Lee won the inaugural Donald Bradman Young Player of the Year Award at the Allan Border Medal award ceremony in 2000 soon after his debut.

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36. Brett Lee took 13 wickets in his opening two Tests at the low average of 14.15.

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37. Brett Lee retired from Big Bash League after playing the final match for the Sydney Sixers on 28 January 2015.

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38. Brett Lee hit his career best batting score, 97 against Victoria in the Blues' second innings and scored a record 176-run partnership with Beau Casson.

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39. Brett Lee finished the season as the Blues' second-highest wicket taker in the Pura Cup with 24 wickets in 5 matches.

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40. Brett Lee took 14 wickets, including a 5-wicket haul against Tasmania in the second innings.

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41. Brett Lee started playing in the junior teams of his local side, Oak Flats Rats, and gradually worked his way up the ranks.

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42. Brett Lee is currently a film actor and a Fox Sports commentator.

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43. Brett Lee announced his retirement from all forms of international cricket on 12 July 2012, having played his first Test in 1999.

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44. Brett Lee played for the Australian team that won the 2003 World Cup.

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45. Brett Lee finished his Test with 310 wickets, and his One Day International career with 380 wickets.

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46. Brett Lee was an athletic fielder and useful lower-order batsman, with a batting average exceeding 20 in Test cricket.

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47. Brett Lee was born on 8 November 1976 and is an Australian former international cricketer, who played all three formats of the game.

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