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Player Profile(#35)… Brett Lee(Australia)

Posted by wildkiwi25 on December 2, 2008

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Brett Lee (born 8 November 1976 in Wollongong, New South Wales) is an Australian cricketer.

After breaking into the Australian Test team, Lee was recognised as one of the fastest bowlers in world cricket. He is also an athletic fielder and useful lower-order batsman, with a batting average exceeding 20.

Style:
Lee is an express bowler, one of the fastest the game has known, and is capable of bowling at 160 km/h (99 mph). Lee’s fastest recorded delivery to date is 160.8 km/h (99.9 mph) which he bowled in his first over on March 5, 2005 at Napier, New Zealand against Craig Cumming. He is also an athletic fielder and aggressive lower-order batsman with a batting average exceeding 20.

Lee ranks with Pakistani bowler Shoaib Akhtar as the fastest bowler in contemporary cricket. Akhtar’s delivery at 161.4km/h (100.2mph) stands as the fastest recorded to date.

Lee’s speed allows opposition batsmen less time to react, increasing their chances of making a mistake and has bowled with great accuracy as Australia’s bowling spearhead. He has a Test bowling average of just under thirty, which sees him ranked in the 5th in the International Cricket Council’s Test bowling rankings.

Early in his career, Lee was reported for a suspected illegal bowling action, but was cleared. He was also criticised in early 2005 for bowling a series of beamers at batsmen during ODIs, at a rate which lead some to claim he was deliberately bowling illegal head high full tosses at batsmen.

Lee is at his most effective on the pitches of the southern hemisphere, where the pitches have greater bounce. In the northern hemisphere, he has taken 53 wickets in 19 Tests at an average of 42.11. In the southern hemisphere, he has taken 178 wickets in 40 matches at 28.48. He has had the most success against the West Indies and New Zealand, averaging in the low twenties. He averages more than 40 against England, Bangladesh and Pakistan, and in the 30s against other teams.

He played his first formal game of cricket for the Oak Flats Rats where he took 6/0 from one over or 6 wickets for 0 runs, all of his wickets being bowled [citation needed]. At sixteen years of age, Lee began playing first grade cricket for Campbelltown, where he managed to claim the wickets of a few New South Wales cricketers. He later joined Mosman, where at one point, he shared the new ball with Shoaib Akhtar.

Lee also played for the Australian Under 17 & 19 teams and was awarded a scholarship to attend the Australian Cricket Academy.

In March 1994, Lee was forced out of the Australian under-19 team to tour India due to stress fractures in his lower back. He recovered and made his first-class debut for New South Wales against Western Australia in a Sheffield Shield match as a 20-year old in the 1997–98 season, playing one match and taking 3/114.

One month later, Lee was chosen to represent the Australian A team on a tour to South Africa. He claimed two wickets but in that very match, stress fractures in his back from the previous injury had re-opened and Lee was in a back brace for over three months. When he turned twenty-one, Lee moved to Sydney to be closer to work.

During the 1997-98 season, he played in five of the ten Sheffield Shield games, taking fourteen wickets at 30. He finished outside the top 20 in both the wicket taking list and the bowling averages. In 1999, during a Sheffield Shield match at Perth, Lee bowled a spell against the Western Australian batsmen, compared the fastest bowling seen in Australia since the days of Jeff Thomson back in the 1970s. From that point, Australian captain Steve Waugh and then vice-captain Shane Warne began pushing for Lee’s inclusion in the Test team.

Early Test career:
By the late 1990s there were calls for Lee to be included in the national squad. He was eventually chosen in the final 14 for the Test series against Pakistan in 1999 but failed to make the final 11. By the time the Test series against India came around, he was twelfth man. However, he duly made his Test debut for Australia in December 1999 against the touring Indians, becoming Australia’s 383rd Test cricketer.

Bowling first change, Lee took a wicket in his first over in Test cricket when he bowled Sadagoppan Ramesh with his fourth delivery. He also captured Rahul Dravid in his first spell before returning to take three wickets in six balls to finish the innings with figures of 5/47 from 17 overs. Australia had batted first, and Lee had earlier made 27 runs. Lee took thirteen wickets in his opening two Tests at the low average of 14.15.

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.

During the early 2000 tour to New Zealand, Lee was reported by umpires Srinivas Venkataraghavan and Arani Jayaprakash for a suspected illegal bowling action. He was later cleared.

Lee took 42 wickets in his opening three series, the most by any Australian bowler in the seven matches he played. However, in his seventh Test, where he took seven wickets including a five wicket haul in the second innings against the West Indies, he suffered a stress fracture of the lower back which kept him out of three following Tests. He returned against Zimbabwe but soon suffered another setback a month later when he broke his right elbow and was sidelined until May 2001.

Spearhead of the bowling attack:

Many wondered how Lee would manage the role as the permanent leader of the pace attack upon the retirements of cricket greats Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne. However despite scepticism he has already shown sensational form in the role being awarded the Man of the Series in the inaugural Warne-Muralitharan Trophy against Sri Lanka in late 2007. In his first series as bowling figure-head he reaped a phenomenal 16 wickets in two tests at an average of 17.5 stamping himself as the man for the job. This has been achieved by bowling 5 km/h slower to improve accuracy. In the two-test series he also took out each Man of the Match awards. In the following series Lee continued his blistering form taking 24 wickets at 22.58 in four tests against India. In the test series he also overtook Jason Gillespie to become Australia’s 5th highest wicket taker. His consistent efforts saw him rewarded with the Man of the Series Award for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, 2007/08. He capped off the season by winning the Allan Border Medal, the award given to Australia’s best cricketer of the season.

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. But he got back into the swing of things taking 8 wickets in the second test, including a 5 wicket haul, and 6 in the next test. Overall he seemed to regain his form as the series went on but was often tired by the extra workload; Mitchell Johnson did not live up to expectations until the final test, Stuart MaGill (who retired at the conclusion of the second test) also under-performed with the ball, and Symonds picked up a back injury which meant he could not bowl as often as anticipated.

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One-day International career:
Lee made his debut in One Day International for Australia against Pakistan on 9 January 2000 during the Carlton and United Breweries Series at the Gabba, Brisbane. He became the 140th ODI cricketer to represent Australia.

In One-day Internationals Lee is widely regarded as one of the world’s finest and most feared bowlers, he was ranked by the ICC as the No. 1 ODI bowler in January 2006 and has been ranked among the top ten ODI bowlers since the start of 2003. He has a wide array of deliveries including a dangerous in-swinging yorker. His bowling strike rate of around 30 puts him amongst the most incisive in this form of the game. He also has a One-day International hat-trick to his name, achieved in the 2003 World Cup against Kenya. Lee was the first Australian and fourth bowler to ever achieve this feat in World Cup history.

In the matches Australia played in the 2005-06 triangular one day series, Lee gave a display of his useful batting abilities by making 57 in the second game in a 100 run partnership with Michael Hussey to pull Australia out of a middle order collapse. However, he is yet to consistently contribute with his batting, and his current ICC ranking hovers around the 90-100 region.

Lee finished the series with 15 wickets, the third highest tally behind Nathan Bracken and Muttiah Muralitharan.

While Lee’s average and strike rate in ODIs rank him as one of the best strike bowlers in ODI history, he can still be erratic occasionally, as shown by his relatively high economy rate.

Lee also has the ability to take wickets very early in the innings, often removing batsmen in the first over of the innings. The delivery he bowled to Marvan Atapattu in the semi-final of the 2003 Cricket World Cup, reached 160.1 km/h (99.5 mph).

Batting:
Lee’s batting has always shown potential and in recent times has been improving, averaging just over twenty in both forms of international cricket in the last two years. He has said that he would like to become an all rounder though it is not a main priority. During the 2005 Ashes series, Lee had numerous defiant innings, and showed promise as a batsman. Lee’s aggressive style and strong physique often yields many sixes, including one six which flew out of the Gabba (Brisbane) during a Test match against the West Indies in 2005, billed as the biggest six ever hit at that ground.

On 2 April 2006, Lee hit his highest Test score of 64 in 68 balls against South Africa at Johannesburg. His previous highest score in Tests was 62 not out which he made against the West Indies in 2000 at the Gabba. Lee nearly surpassed this score on 3 January 2008 against India when he made 59 off 121 balls. Lee had also once again nearly surpassed his highest test score when he had made 63 not out, but unfortunately Ricky Ponting had declared the innings in the 2nd test against the West Indies. As a result of this, he fell one run short of his highest test score.

Lee’s highest score in ODI matches is 57 against South Africa at the Gabba in January 2006 with his previous best being 51 against South Africa in 2002.

Awards:

  • The Donald Bradman Young Player of the Year 2000
  • The Wisden Young Cricketer of the Year 1999-2000
  • Wisden Cricketer of the Year 2006
  • Chosen in “Australia’s Greatest ODI XI”, selected by former and present Australian ODI representatives
  • Chosen in the ODI Team of the Year 2005 at the ICC Awards
  • Chosen in the Test Team of the Year 2006 at the ICC Awards
  • Chosen in the ODI Team of the Year 2006 at the ICC Awards
  • VB Series Player of the Series 2002-03
  • VB Series Player of the Series 2004–05
  • DLF Cup Player of the Tournament 2006
  • Warne-Muralitharan Trophy Player of the Series 2007
  • Border-Gavaskar Trophy Player of the Series 2007/08
  • 2007 McGilvray Medallist for ABC’s Australian Test Player of the year.
  • 2008 Australian Test Player of the Year
  • 2008 Allan Border Medallist
  • Chosen in the ODI Team of the Year 2008 at the ICC Awards
  • Chosen in the Test Team of the Year 2008 at the ICC Awards

    Career highlights:

    Tests:

  • Lee’s best Test bowling figures of five for 30 came against the West Indies at The Gabba, Brisbane in 2005.
  • Lee’s 100th wicket was Marcus Trescothick in his 27th Test against England at Sydney in 2003.
  • Lee took his 200th wicket, Mark Boucher, in his 51st Test against South Africa at Durban in 2006.
  • His best Test batting score of 64 was made against South Africa, Johannesburg, 2006
  • He made his 1,000th Test run in his 53rd Test against Bangladesh at Fatullah in 2006.
  • Lee’s 250th wicket was Anil Kumble in his 62nd Test against India at Melbourne in 2007.
  • Lee’s 300th wicket was Jamie How in his 73rd Test against New Zealand at Brisbane on November 22, 2008.

    One-day Internationals:
    ODI Debut: vs Pakistan, Gabba, Brisbane, 1999-2000

  • His best ODI bowling figures of five for 22 came against South Africa, Melbourne
  • Lee’s best ODI batting score of 57 was made against South Africa, Gabba, 2005-2006
  • Lee’s 100th ODI wicket was Andrew Caddick, against England at the M.C.G. in 2003.
  • Lee’s 200th wicket was Marcus Trescothick, against England at Lord’s in 2005.
  • Lee’s 300th wicket was Darren Sammy, against West Indies at St George’s in 2008

    Other highlights:

  • Lee is the first, and so far only, player in Twenty20 International cricket to have taken a Hat-trick.
  • Lee plays for the Kings XI Punjab team owned by Bollywood actress Preity Zinta in the Indian Premier League.

    Personal:
    Lee married Elizabeth Kemp in June 2006. They have a son named Preston Charles, born 16 November 2006. However, after two years of marriage, on 21 August 2008 Lee confirmed his separation from Kemp.

    Lee is part of the rock band Six & Out. The band is made up of his brother Shane and former New South Wales cricketers Brad McNamara, Gavin Robertson and Richard Chee Quee. Lee plays the bass guitar or acoustic guitar for the band.

    During the 2006 ICC Champions Trophy in India, Lee recorded a duet with India’s music diva Asha Bhosle called You’re the One For Me. The song reached a peak position of number two on the Indian and South African charts. In 2008, he filmed scenes for his first Bollywood movie Victory.

    Lee launched his own fashion label ‘BL’, in 2001.

    Lee will be performing the theme song for the 2011 Cricket World Cup, which will be hosted by India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh.

    Links to more information about Brett Lee:

  • Cricinfo profile of Brett Lee
  • Brett Lee’s Designer label
  • Brett Lee Online
  • HowSTAT! statistical profile of Brett Lee
  • ‘I Want To Have An Impact On Every Series’ – Brett Lee
  • *Acknowledgements to Wikipedia.org and owners of pictures and videos used.

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    Player Profile(#35)… Brett Lee(Australia)

    Posted by wildkiwi25 on December 2, 2008

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    Brett Lee (born 8 November 1976 in Wollongong, New South Wales) is an Australian cricketer.

    After breaking into the Australian Test team, Lee was recognised as one of the fastest bowlers in world cricket. He is also an athletic fielder and useful lower-order batsman, with a batting average exceeding 20.

    Style:
    Lee is an express bowler, one of the fastest the game has known, and is capable of bowling at 160 km/h (99 mph). Lee’s fastest recorded delivery to date is 160.8 km/h (99.9 mph) which he bowled in his first over on March 5, 2005 at Napier, New Zealand against Craig Cumming. He is also an athletic fielder and aggressive lower-order batsman with a batting average exceeding 20.

    Lee ranks with Pakistani bowler Shoaib Akhtar as the fastest bowler in contemporary cricket. Akhtar’s delivery at 161.4km/h (100.2mph) stands as the fastest recorded to date.

    Lee’s speed allows opposition batsmen less time to react, increasing their chances of making a mistake and has bowled with great accuracy as Australia’s bowling spearhead. He has a Test bowling average of just under thirty, which sees him ranked in the 5th in the International Cricket Council’s Test bowling rankings.

    Early in his career, Lee was reported for a suspected illegal bowling action, but was cleared. He was also criticised in early 2005 for bowling a series of beamers at batsmen during ODIs, at a rate which lead some to claim he was deliberately bowling illegal head high full tosses at batsmen.

    Lee is at his most effective on the pitches of the southern hemisphere, where the pitches have greater bounce. In the northern hemisphere, he has taken 53 wickets in 19 Tests at an average of 42.11. In the southern hemisphere, he has taken 178 wickets in 40 matches at 28.48. He has had the most success against the West Indies and New Zealand, averaging in the low twenties. He averages more than 40 against England, Bangladesh and Pakistan, and in the 30s against other teams.

    He played his first formal game of cricket for the Oak Flats Rats where he took 6/0 from one over or 6 wickets for 0 runs, all of his wickets being bowled [citation needed]. At sixteen years of age, Lee began playing first grade cricket for Campbelltown, where he managed to claim the wickets of a few New South Wales cricketers. He later joined Mosman, where at one point, he shared the new ball with Shoaib Akhtar.

    Lee also played for the Australian Under 17 & 19 teams and was awarded a scholarship to attend the Australian Cricket Academy.

    In March 1994, Lee was forced out of the Australian under-19 team to tour India due to stress fractures in his lower back. He recovered and made his first-class debut for New South Wales against Western Australia in a Sheffield Shield match as a 20-year old in the 1997–98 season, playing one match and taking 3/114.

    One month later, Lee was chosen to represent the Australian A team on a tour to South Africa. He claimed two wickets but in that very match, stress fractures in his back from the previous injury had re-opened and Lee was in a back brace for over three months. When he turned twenty-one, Lee moved to Sydney to be closer to work.

    During the 1997-98 season, he played in five of the ten Sheffield Shield games, taking fourteen wickets at 30. He finished outside the top 20 in both the wicket taking list and the bowling averages. In 1999, during a Sheffield Shield match at Perth, Lee bowled a spell against the Western Australian batsmen, compared the fastest bowling seen in Australia since the days of Jeff Thomson back in the 1970s. From that point, Australian captain Steve Waugh and then vice-captain Shane Warne began pushing for Lee’s inclusion in the Test team.

    Early Test career:
    By the late 1990s there were calls for Lee to be included in the national squad. He was eventually chosen in the final 14 for the Test series against Pakistan in 1999 but failed to make the final 11. By the time the Test series against India came around, he was twelfth man. However, he duly made his Test debut for Australia in December 1999 against the touring Indians, becoming Australia’s 383rd Test cricketer.

    Bowling first change, Lee took a wicket in his first over in Test cricket when he bowled Sadagoppan Ramesh with his fourth delivery. He also captured Rahul Dravid in his first spell before returning to take three wickets in six balls to finish the innings with figures of 5/47 from 17 overs. Australia had batted first, and Lee had earlier made 27 runs. Lee took thirteen wickets in his opening two Tests at the low average of 14.15.

    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.

    During the early 2000 tour to New Zealand, Lee was reported by umpires Srinivas Venkataraghavan and Arani Jayaprakash for a suspected illegal bowling action. He was later cleared.

    Lee took 42 wickets in his opening three series, the most by any Australian bowler in the seven matches he played. However, in his seventh Test, where he took seven wickets including a five wicket haul in the second innings against the West Indies, he suffered a stress fracture of the lower back which kept him out of three following Tests. He returned against Zimbabwe but soon suffered another setback a month later when he broke his right elbow and was sidelined until May 2001.

    Spearhead of the bowling attack:

    Many wondered how Lee would manage the role as the permanent leader of the pace attack upon the retirements of cricket greats Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne. However despite scepticism he has already shown sensational form in the role being awarded the Man of the Series in the inaugural Warne-Muralitharan Trophy against Sri Lanka in late 2007. In his first series as bowling figure-head he reaped a phenomenal 16 wickets in two tests at an average of 17.5 stamping himself as the man for the job. This has been achieved by bowling 5 km/h slower to improve accuracy. In the two-test series he also took out each Man of the Match awards. In the following series Lee continued his blistering form taking 24 wickets at 22.58 in four tests against India. In the test series he also overtook Jason Gillespie to become Australia’s 5th highest wicket taker. His consistent efforts saw him rewarded with the Man of the Series Award for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, 2007/08. He capped off the season by winning the Allan Border Medal, the award given to Australia’s best cricketer of the season.

    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. But he got back into the swing of things taking 8 wickets in the second test, including a 5 wicket haul, and 6 in the next test. Overall he seemed to regain his form as the series went on but was often tired by the extra workload; Mitchell Johnson did not live up to expectations until the final test, Stuart MaGill (who retired at the conclusion of the second test) also under-performed with the ball, and Symonds picked up a back injury which meant he could not bowl as often as anticipated.

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    One-day International career:
    Lee made his debut in One Day International for Australia against Pakistan on 9 January 2000 during the Carlton and United Breweries Series at the Gabba, Brisbane. He became the 140th ODI cricketer to represent Australia.

    In One-day Internationals Lee is widely regarded as one of the world’s finest and most feared bowlers, he was ranked by the ICC as the No. 1 ODI bowler in January 2006 and has been ranked among the top ten ODI bowlers since the start of 2003. He has a wide array of deliveries including a dangerous in-swinging yorker. His bowling strike rate of around 30 puts him amongst the most incisive in this form of the game. He also has a One-day International hat-trick to his name, achieved in the 2003 World Cup against Kenya. Lee was the first Australian and fourth bowler to ever achieve this feat in World Cup history.

    In the matches Australia played in the 2005-06 triangular one day series, Lee gave a display of his useful batting abilities by making 57 in the second game in a 100 run partnership with Michael Hussey to pull Australia out of a middle order collapse. However, he is yet to consistently contribute with his batting, and his current ICC ranking hovers around the 90-100 region.

    Lee finished the series with 15 wickets, the third highest tally behind Nathan Bracken and Muttiah Muralitharan.

    While Lee’s average and strike rate in ODIs rank him as one of the best strike bowlers in ODI history, he can still be erratic occasionally, as shown by his relatively high economy rate.

    Lee also has the ability to take wickets very early in the innings, often removing batsmen in the first over of the innings. The delivery he bowled to Marvan Atapattu in the semi-final of the 2003 Cricket World Cup, reached 160.1 km/h (99.5 mph).

    Batting:
    Lee’s batting has always shown potential and in recent times has been improving, averaging just over twenty in both forms of international cricket in the last two years. He has said that he would like to become an all rounder though it is not a main priority. During the 2005 Ashes series, Lee had numerous defiant innings, and showed promise as a batsman. Lee’s aggressive style and strong physique often yields many sixes, including one six which flew out of the Gabba (Brisbane) during a Test match against the West Indies in 2005, billed as the biggest six ever hit at that ground.

    On 2 April 2006, Lee hit his highest Test score of 64 in 68 balls against South Africa at Johannesburg. His previous highest score in Tests was 62 not out which he made against the West Indies in 2000 at the Gabba. Lee nearly surpassed this score on 3 January 2008 against India when he made 59 off 121 balls. Lee had also once again nearly surpassed his highest test score when he had made 63 not out, but unfortunately Ricky Ponting had declared the innings in the 2nd test against the West Indies. As a result of this, he fell one run short of his highest test score.

    Lee’s highest score in ODI matches is 57 against South Africa at the Gabba in January 2006 with his previous best being 51 against South Africa in 2002.

    Awards:

  • The Donald Bradman Young Player of the Year 2000
  • The Wisden Young Cricketer of the Year 1999-2000
  • Wisden Cricketer of the Year 2006
  • Chosen in “Australia’s Greatest ODI XI”, selected by former and present Australian ODI representatives
  • Chosen in the ODI Team of the Year 2005 at the ICC Awards
  • Chosen in the Test Team of the Year 2006 at the ICC Awards
  • Chosen in the ODI Team of the Year 2006 at the ICC Awards
  • VB Series Player of the Series 2002-03
  • VB Series Player of the Series 2004–05
  • DLF Cup Player of the Tournament 2006
  • Warne-Muralitharan Trophy Player of the Series 2007
  • Border-Gavaskar Trophy Player of the Series 2007/08
  • 2007 McGilvray Medallist for ABC’s Australian Test Player of the year.
  • 2008 Australian Test Player of the Year
  • 2008 Allan Border Medallist
  • Chosen in the ODI Team of the Year 2008 at the ICC Awards
  • Chosen in the Test Team of the Year 2008 at the ICC Awards

    Career highlights:

    Tests:

  • Lee’s best Test bowling figures of five for 30 came against the West Indies at The Gabba, Brisbane in 2005.
  • Lee’s 100th wicket was Marcus Trescothick in his 27th Test against England at Sydney in 2003.
  • Lee took his 200th wicket, Mark Boucher, in his 51st Test against South Africa at Durban in 2006.
  • His best Test batting score of 64 was made against South Africa, Johannesburg, 2006
  • He made his 1,000th Test run in his 53rd Test against Bangladesh at Fatullah in 2006.
  • Lee’s 250th wicket was Anil Kumble in his 62nd Test against India at Melbourne in 2007.
  • Lee’s 300th wicket was Jamie How in his 73rd Test against New Zealand at Brisbane on November 22, 2008.

    One-day Internationals:
    ODI Debut: vs Pakistan, Gabba, Brisbane, 1999-2000

  • His best ODI bowling figures of five for 22 came against South Africa, Melbourne
  • Lee’s best ODI batting score of 57 was made against South Africa, Gabba, 2005-2006
  • Lee’s 100th ODI wicket was Andrew Caddick, against England at the M.C.G. in 2003.
  • Lee’s 200th wicket was Marcus Trescothick, against England at Lord’s in 2005.
  • Lee’s 300th wicket was Darren Sammy, against West Indies at St George’s in 2008

    Other highlights:

  • Lee is the first, and so far only, player in Twenty20 International cricket to have taken a Hat-trick.
  • Lee plays for the Kings XI Punjab team owned by Bollywood actress Preity Zinta in the Indian Premier League.

    Personal:
    Lee married Elizabeth Kemp in June 2006. They have a son named Preston Charles, born 16 November 2006. However, after two years of marriage, on 21 August 2008 Lee confirmed his separation from Kemp.

    Lee is part of the rock band Six & Out. The band is made up of his brother Shane and former New South Wales cricketers Brad McNamara, Gavin Robertson and Richard Chee Quee. Lee plays the bass guitar or acoustic guitar for the band.

    During the 2006 ICC Champions Trophy in India, Lee recorded a duet with India’s music diva Asha Bhosle called You’re the One For Me. The song reached a peak position of number two on the Indian and South African charts. In 2008, he filmed scenes for his first Bollywood movie Victory.

    Lee launched his own fashion label ‘BL’, in 2001.

    Lee will be performing the theme song for the 2011 Cricket World Cup, which will be hosted by India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh.

    Links to more information about Brett Lee:

  • Cricinfo profile of Brett Lee
  • Brett Lee’s Designer label
  • Brett Lee Online
  • HowSTAT! statistical profile of Brett Lee
  • ‘I Want To Have An Impact On Every Series’ – Brett Lee
  • *Acknowledgements to Wikipedia.org and owners of pictures and videos used.

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    Player Profile(#33)… Michael Clarke (Australia)

    Posted by wildkiwi25 on November 25, 2008

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    Michael John Clarke (born 2 April 1981 in Liverpool, New South Wales) is an Australian cricketer. Nicknamed ‘Pup’, ‘Nemo’ or ‘Clarkey’, he is a right-handed batsman, highly-regarded fielder and occasional left-arm orthodox spin bowler. He is currently engaged to Australian model Lara Bingle. On 10 January 2007, Sydney tabloid The Daily Telegraph indicated that Clarke may have been involved with Bingle as early as September 2006. On 25 March 2008 it was announced that the pair are engaged after Clarke proposed in New York’s Central Park.

    He made his debut for New South Wales as an eighteen year old in the 1999-2000 Australian domestic season.

    Clarke quickly began showing his potential, after being fast-tracked into the Australian national team, making his One Day International debut in January 2003 against England. He immediately made a name for himself on the international scene for his aggressive yet mature batting ability.

    Clarke was selected to make his Test debut against India at Bangalore, October 2004, despite having a first-class average below 40. He succeeded on debut, scoring 151 and consequently helping Australia to victory, invoking comparisons to past Australian batsmen such as Doug Walters and Mark Waugh. The innings, felt Peter Roebuck, was especially notable for its aggression and freedom. “Not that the assault was reckless,” he added. “Indeed the control was impressive. Clarke calculated the risks and took his brains with him down the track. Of course he need [sic] a bit of luck, was plumb in front in the nineties, but few begrudged him his hundred. And everyone except his weary foes celebrated with him and his tearful family when he reached three figures. After all, he had advanced both the match and the game.”

    Clarke went on to play a major part in Australia’s 2-1 series victory, their first in India in over thirty years, contributing outstanding bowling figures of 6 for 9 in the final Test of the series. After this, the media dubbed him the “next captain of Australia”.

    On his return to Australia he made another debut century, his first home Test in Brisbane against New Zealand, becoming one of the few Test cricketers to have achieved the feat of Test centuries on both their home and away debuts.

    In recognition of his performance in the 2004 calendar year, he was awarded the Allan Border Medal in 2005.

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    Clarke’s poor form during the 2005 Ashes series and his failing to score a test century for over a year saw him dropped from the Test team in late 2005. Clarke had previously remarked that one of his career aims was to never be dropped from the Test team. In early 2006, after making his first first-class double century and scoring heavily in ODIs, Clarke was recalled for the tour of South Africa. He was then picked over Andrew Symonds for the April 2006 Tests against Bangladesh. Two consecutive centuries in the second and third Ashes Tests while Shane Watson was injured helped Australia to regain the Ashes and cemented Clarke’s position in the Test team.

    Clarke then helped Australia retain the World Cup in 2007 in the West Indies where they did not lose a game. After Damien Martyn’s retirement he was elevated to number 5 in the batting line up. He had a superb tournament making 4 fifties including a 92 and a 93* against the Netherlands and South Africa. He also made an unbeaten 60 against South Africa in the semi final to guide Australia into the final at Barbados, against Sri Lanka.

    Clarke faced only 4 balls for 3 runs in the ICC World Twenty20, when Australia were knocked out by India in the semi final. Two weeks later he made 130 against India in the first of a 7 match ODI series. He did not maintain that form in the remaining 6 matches mustering up just one fifty. He opened the batting in the final 2 games after a hip injury ruled out Matthew Hayden and he made two golden ducks. In the tour-ending Twenty20 match Clarke dropped back down the order with the return of Hayden, and scored 25 not out in a heavy defeat to the current Twenty20 world champions.

    On 9 November 2007, Clarke notched up his fifth Test century against Sri Lanka in a two Test series. Clarke shared a 245 run partnership with Mike Hussey at the Gabba in Brisbane, Hussey departed on 133 but Clarke went on and had a partnership with Symonds who made 53*, the pair were unbeaten when Ricky Ponting declared the innings, Clarke top scoring with 145 not out.

    On 5 December 2007, Cricket Australia named Clarke as captain of Australia for their one-off Twenty20 game against New Zealand in Perth, after deciding to rest Ponting and Hayden.

    On 6 January 2008, Clarke dismissed Harbhajan Singh, RP Singh and Ishant Sharma in the second last over of the day, with just 8 minutes remaining, to claim the final three wickets and win the test match for Australia (at one stage he was on a hat trick, dismissing Harbhajan Singh and RP Singh on consecutive deliveries). His innings figures were 3 for 5 in 1.5 overs. Australian captain Ricky Ponting had declared that morning, setting India a total of 333 to chase and allowing Australia arguably too little time to bowl out the visitors. Clarke’s wickets ensured that Australia retained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in 2008 and kept their world record equalling 16 match win streak alive.

    Since the retirement of Adam Gilchrist, Clarke has taken over the mantle as Ponting’s vice-captain, but Clarke missed the start of Australia’s 2008 tour of the West Indies following the death of Bingle’s father, meaning Hussey took over as vice-captain for the start of the tour. Soon after Clarke joined up with the squad, he scored a century in the second Test in Antigua, going on to captain the side in the final two One Day Internationals, both of which were won, in the absence through injury of Ponting.

    To see more info about Michael Clarke visit the following links:

  • Cricinfo profile on Michael Clarke
  • HowSTAT! statistical profile on Michael Clarke

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    *Acknowledgements to Wikipedia.org and owners of pictures and videos used.

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    Player Profile(#33)… Michael Clarke (Australia)

    Posted by wildkiwi25 on November 25, 2008

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    Michael John Clarke (born 2 April 1981 in Liverpool, New South Wales) is an Australian cricketer. Nicknamed ‘Pup’, ‘Nemo’ or ‘Clarkey’, he is a right-handed batsman, highly-regarded fielder and occasional left-arm orthodox spin bowler. He is currently engaged to Australian model Lara Bingle. On 10 January 2007, Sydney tabloid The Daily Telegraph indicated that Clarke may have been involved with Bingle as early as September 2006. On 25 March 2008 it was announced that the pair are engaged after Clarke proposed in New York’s Central Park.

    He made his debut for New South Wales as an eighteen year old in the 1999-2000 Australian domestic season.

    Clarke quickly began showing his potential, after being fast-tracked into the Australian national team, making his One Day International debut in January 2003 against England. He immediately made a name for himself on the international scene for his aggressive yet mature batting ability.

    Clarke was selected to make his Test debut against India at Bangalore, October 2004, despite having a first-class average below 40. He succeeded on debut, scoring 151 and consequently helping Australia to victory, invoking comparisons to past Australian batsmen such as Doug Walters and Mark Waugh. The innings, felt Peter Roebuck, was especially notable for its aggression and freedom. “Not that the assault was reckless,” he added. “Indeed the control was impressive. Clarke calculated the risks and took his brains with him down the track. Of course he need [sic] a bit of luck, was plumb in front in the nineties, but few begrudged him his hundred. And everyone except his weary foes celebrated with him and his tearful family when he reached three figures. After all, he had advanced both the match and the game.”

    Clarke went on to play a major part in Australia’s 2-1 series victory, their first in India in over thirty years, contributing outstanding bowling figures of 6 for 9 in the final Test of the series. After this, the media dubbed him the “next captain of Australia”.

    On his return to Australia he made another debut century, his first home Test in Brisbane against New Zealand, becoming one of the few Test cricketers to have achieved the feat of Test centuries on both their home and away debuts.

    In recognition of his performance in the 2004 calendar year, he was awarded the Allan Border Medal in 2005.

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    Clarke’s poor form during the 2005 Ashes series and his failing to score a test century for over a year saw him dropped from the Test team in late 2005. Clarke had previously remarked that one of his career aims was to never be dropped from the Test team. In early 2006, after making his first first-class double century and scoring heavily in ODIs, Clarke was recalled for the tour of South Africa. He was then picked over Andrew Symonds for the April 2006 Tests against Bangladesh. Two consecutive centuries in the second and third Ashes Tests while Shane Watson was injured helped Australia to regain the Ashes and cemented Clarke’s position in the Test team.

    Clarke then helped Australia retain the World Cup in 2007 in the West Indies where they did not lose a game. After Damien Martyn’s retirement he was elevated to number 5 in the batting line up. He had a superb tournament making 4 fifties including a 92 and a 93* against the Netherlands and South Africa. He also made an unbeaten 60 against South Africa in the semi final to guide Australia into the final at Barbados, against Sri Lanka.

    Clarke faced only 4 balls for 3 runs in the ICC World Twenty20, when Australia were knocked out by India in the semi final. Two weeks later he made 130 against India in the first of a 7 match ODI series. He did not maintain that form in the remaining 6 matches mustering up just one fifty. He opened the batting in the final 2 games after a hip injury ruled out Matthew Hayden and he made two golden ducks. In the tour-ending Twenty20 match Clarke dropped back down the order with the return of Hayden, and scored 25 not out in a heavy defeat to the current Twenty20 world champions.

    On 9 November 2007, Clarke notched up his fifth Test century against Sri Lanka in a two Test series. Clarke shared a 245 run partnership with Mike Hussey at the Gabba in Brisbane, Hussey departed on 133 but Clarke went on and had a partnership with Symonds who made 53*, the pair were unbeaten when Ricky Ponting declared the innings, Clarke top scoring with 145 not out.

    On 5 December 2007, Cricket Australia named Clarke as captain of Australia for their one-off Twenty20 game against New Zealand in Perth, after deciding to rest Ponting and Hayden.

    On 6 January 2008, Clarke dismissed Harbhajan Singh, RP Singh and Ishant Sharma in the second last over of the day, with just 8 minutes remaining, to claim the final three wickets and win the test match for Australia (at one stage he was on a hat trick, dismissing Harbhajan Singh and RP Singh on consecutive deliveries). His innings figures were 3 for 5 in 1.5 overs. Australian captain Ricky Ponting had declared that morning, setting India a total of 333 to chase and allowing Australia arguably too little time to bowl out the visitors. Clarke’s wickets ensured that Australia retained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in 2008 and kept their world record equalling 16 match win streak alive.

    Since the retirement of Adam Gilchrist, Clarke has taken over the mantle as Ponting’s vice-captain, but Clarke missed the start of Australia’s 2008 tour of the West Indies following the death of Bingle’s father, meaning Hussey took over as vice-captain for the start of the tour. Soon after Clarke joined up with the squad, he scored a century in the second Test in Antigua, going on to captain the side in the final two One Day Internationals, both of which were won, in the absence through injury of Ponting.

    To see more info about Michael Clarke visit the following links:

  • Cricinfo profile on Michael Clarke
  • HowSTAT! statistical profile on Michael Clarke

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    *Acknowledgements to Wikipedia.org and owners of pictures and videos used.

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