By CricketCountry Staff
London: Jul 14, 2012
Former England cricketers paid rich tribute to Australian fast bowler Brett Lee who announced his retirement from international cricket on Friday.
“The game has lost one of its few gentlemen,” tweeted former England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff.
Former England skipper Michael Vaughan tweeted, “Congratulations to Brett Lee on a great career. I’d love to say it was great playing against him, but it was frightening most of the time.”
Paul Collingwood also heaped praise on Lee who retired from international cricket with 380 ODI wickets and 310 Test scalps.
He tweeted, “There are a lot of happy batsmen out there now. Well done on an amazing career, he wore the baggy green with pride.”
Earlier former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar had also said, “Lee was a fierce competitor and became an identity for express bowling with his passion and love for the game and for fast bowling. Friday was a sad day for international cricket because a bowler with express pace has retired, someone who was loved by the fans around the world, and he will be missed. Cricket had very few express pace bowlers and now after the retirement of Lee we don't have any bowler who can bowl 99 mph and the terror on the batsmen will be less."
While announcing his retirement, Lee had said that while he had enjoyed his cricket career, he was tired of being away from home for long periods and was looking forward to a different phase of his life.