Brett Lee calls time on his T20 career

Former Australian fast bowling legend Brett Lee has “called stumps” on his cricketing career.Lee known to instil fear in the minds of opposition with his fiery pace attack unsettled batsmen at the crease with his yorkers and inswingers claimed 310 scalps in 76 Tests for Australia.

“After this year, there won’t be any more cricket. I’m excited, emotional, happy and certainly not worried because I feel I’ve made the right call,” he told the media at a press conference held at the SCG.

The proud 38-year-old who spent two decades at the top level, called time on his international career in July 2012, but has regularly featured in the shortest format of the game- both in the BBL and IPL – in the years since.

“Cricket has given me so many great memories, it has given me so many great opportunities. I’ve been lucky enough to play for 20 years, whereas most people might get a year or two. To play for two decades at the top level, really happy.”

He also equals the record of being Australia’s leading wicket-taker in ODIs alongside Glenn McGrath, with 380 in 221 appearances.

Lee believes the 2005 Ashes Test to be his career highlight.

Lee’s Sydney Sixers will play against cross-town rivals the Sydney Thunder, at the SCG ahead of a possible finals clash.

Lee said he would be happy to see the Sixers through to the end of the season, but had ruled out a comeback.

“I’m not one of those guys that says – this is it – and comes back in twelve months,” he said.

He says there won’t be any comebacks after this.

“I knew before the season started that this was going to be my last season,” Lee said. “I met with [coach] Trevor Bayliss and the talk was will I play for another two or three years, and I had that option, but I said to him straight away I want to make this my last year, I really want to enjoy this year.

Fans and fellow cricketers heaped praises on him and thanked him for his contribution to the game on twitter.

As per ESPN Cricinfo So far this season he has taken nine wickets at 22.22 and an economy rate of 7.14, making him the leading wicket taker for the Sixers in the tournament. He has taken 105 wickets at 30.27 in 117 Twenty20 appearances in a career spanning nearly ten years in the format; his debut was in the inaugural T20 international between Australia and New Zealand in February 2005.