13 Jul 2012

Lee retires from international cricket

4:26 pm on 13 July 2012

The veteran Australian paceman Brett Lee has announced his retirement from international cricket.

The 35-year-old Lee has called it quits after 13 years at the top of the sport.

Lee suffered a calf muscle strain that resulted in an early departure from Australia's recent one-day tour to England, the latest in a long line of injury setbacks.

He also endured side strains, stress fractures, ankle problems and appendicitis throughout a career that netted 310 Test wickets at 30.81 from 76 matches and 380 one-day international scalps at 23.36 from 221 matches.

He was not offered a national contract in Cricket Australia's latest round of agreements, and decided not to take up a deal with New South Wales.

He finishes one wicket short of Glenn McGrath's Australian record of 381 ODI wickets.