Lee claimed 718 wickets across all three formats in his career
Former Australia captain Steve Waugh believes that pace bowler Brett Lee, who recently retired from international cricket, raised the bar for the current generation of fast bowlers all around the world.
Waugh stated that he was extremely impressed by how Lee was able to keep bowling at a quick and consistent pace even before his decision to retire.
Waugh added that he wasn’t surprised that many kids around the world look up to Lee and aspire to bowl just like him in the future.
The Age, quoted Waugh as saying: “I know my son always looked up to him and I am sure that was the case for many kids, I think he’s had an outstanding career, and in a lot of ways, he has raised the bar for quick bowlers in the future because, generally, quick bowlers after they turn 30, wind down and bowl at 80 per cent pace, Brett went at 100 per cent for his whole career, which is incredible to think the strain and the effort he put his body through and the amount of injuries he’d overcome.”
Waugh also mentioned that he was impressed by the way Lee continued to give it his all, even though he had sustained a range of injuries throughout his 13-year career.
“The resilience that he showed was quite amazing, and I really take my hat off for him that even in his last game of cricket at age 34 or 35, he was still bowling 100 per cent flat out and never pulled back at all. He always bowled to the max and very few bowlers in the history of the game have done that,” Waugh added.
The former Australia captain further stated that Lee also had a love and passion for cricket, and his attitude towards the game started to spread amongst other players, which is exactly what cricket is about.
“Always flat out – and I think the great thing about Brett was the enthusiasm and the love of the game he always brought to the team. He had a great attitude, it was infectious and people followed what he was doing. He was never a problem in the side, never stepped out of line or was an issue for any captain to look after. He was easy to look after and he gave a lot to the team,” Waugh said.