Australian cricket legend Brett Lee celebrates his 43rd birthday on November 8, 2019 (Friday). Lee, who won the 2003 World Cup with Australia is considered one of the best fast bowlers of all-time. He is also the second-fastest bowler in cricket history after Pakistan's Shoaib Akhtar. With his relenting pace and vicious bouncers, Lee knocked out many batsmen on the floor during his cricketing years. From Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara to the very unfortunate Alex Tudor of England, most batsmen around the world during Brett Lee’s playing days were a victim of being hit by the Australian speedster’s menacing bouncers. Happy Birthday Brett Lee: Seven Interesting Facts About the Former Australian Pacer as He Turns a Year Older.
Lee made his cricket debut in 1999 against India. He claimed a five-wicket haul in his maiden innings, becoming only the second Australian bowler since Dennis Lillee to take five-wickets on debut. Lee finished the series with 13 wickets and had already claimed 42 Test wickets in his opening three-Test series. But frequent injuries with stress fractures forced him into retirement from Test cricket in 2010. Take a look at the videos of the Australian pace machine bouncing out many batsmen with his soaring bouncers.
Brett Lee Knocks England's Alex Tudor Out of Cricket, Perth 2002
Brett Lee Almost Kills West Indies' Shivnarine Chanderpaul at Kingstone, 2008
Brett Lee Peppers Michael Papps With Bouncers, Eden Park 2005
Brett Lee Decapitates New Zealand Cricketer Adam Parore's Helmet, Dunedin 2000
Brett Lee's Bangs Sachin Tendulkar's Head, Brisbane 2012
Brett Lee Flush Open Brendon McCullum's Nose, Sydney 2015
Brett Lee Slits Rahul Dravid's Right Earlobe, Sydney 2004
He retired from all forms of cricket in 2012 after playing 76 Test matches, 221 ODIs and 25 T20Is. Lee finished with 380 ODI career wickets, second-highest for Australia. He is the second-fastest Australian and fifth fastest bowler to complete 100 ODI wickets and is the fastest bowler to complete 300 ODI wickets. In an ODI match against New Zealand in 2005, Lee bowled a ball of speed 161.1 km/h, which is the second-fastest in cricket’s history