Author(s): Brett Lee & James Knight
Brett Lee is known throughout the cricketing world as one of the fastest and most exciting pace bowlers to play the game. Intimidating while charming, decent yet ferocious, he is known for his quick one-liners as much as his gutsy bottom-order batting. He has been recorded bowling at speeds of over 160km/h leaving batsmen with only a fraction of a second to react once the ball leaves his hand. Brett made his debut for Australia in the Boxing Day Test against India 1999. He finished his first match for his country with figures of 5/47. He has now picked up 310 wickets from 76 Tests, joining the elite 300 Test wicket club before retiring from Test cricket earlier this year to concentrate on the shorter forms of the game. He also has a formidable limited-overs record - with 324 wickets from 186 ODIs. Brett has one of the best strike-rates in the world for this form of the game. His pace bowling combined with his ability as a hard hitting and determined tail end batsman make him a crowd favourite throughout Australia and the world. Brett is an enthusiastic and motivated sportsman who is grateful for all of the opportunities that have come his way. He remains a grounded person who is generous with his time in and out of cricket.
Brett lives in Sydney and loves to spend time at home with his family and his son 3 year old son Preston. And when time allows, he loves a spot of fishing. Besides cricket, Brett has a number of other interests. Music is his passion and he has formed a band the White Shoe Theory, with good mate Mick Vawdon. Brett has written a number of songs for their album, which they hope to launch in 2011. They toured five cities in India in November, enjoying much attention from the Indian public. Brett also co-wrote the lyrics for Asha Bhosle's "You're the One" single, which went to Number 1 on the Indian music charts. Brett has launched his own fashion label. He also collaborated with Bruno Schiavi, well known for his successful celebrity partnerships, in launching a new underwear and sleepwear range called AceStar.