BBL|04: Brett Lee announces his retirement at the end of Big Bash

Brett Lee has announced his retirement from Twenty20 cricket at the end of the BBL|04 season, so ending a career spanning twenty years.

The 38-year-old fast bowler retired from international cricket in 2012 and has since operated as a T20 specialist in the Indian Premier League (IPL), the Big Bash and the HRV Cup in New Zealand.

He is Sydney Sixers’ leading wicket-taker in the current Big Bash competition with nine wickets at 22.22, costing 7.14 runs per over.

The Sixers have one group game left in BBL|04, but should progress through to the semi-finals, giving Lee at least two more games in his swansong.

“I knew before the season started that this was going to be my last season,” Lee said. “I met with Trevor Bayliss and the talk was will I play for another two or three years, and I had that option, but I said to him straight away I want to make this my last year, I really want to enjoy this year.

“I think I’ve certainly had a lot more fun in the last six weeks than I ever have in my life. That’s because I haven’t put pressure on myself.

“Cricket has given me so many great memories, it has given me so many great opportunities. I’ve been lucky enough to play for 20 years, whereas most people might get a year or two. To play for two decades at the top level, really happy.”

He has taken 105 wickets at 30.27 in 117 Twenty20 appearances over ten years. He made his first-class debut in April 1995.

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