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Last Updated: Sunday, 23 November, 2003, 15:07 GMT
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BRETT LEE
Right-arm fast bowler; Right-handed batsman

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Brett Lee
Born: 8/11/76
Team: New South Wales
Test debut: v India at Melbourne, 1999/00
ODI debut: v Pakistan at Brisbane, 1999/00

When India set off on their 1999-2000 tour to Australia, few of them, if any, were familiar with the name Brett Lee.

By the end of it, however, they were in no doubt that the home side had unearthed a fast bowler with the potential to become one of the biggest names in the game.

Lee took 13 wickets in two Tests in that series but now has 10 times as many behind him, and only Shoaib Akhtar of Pakistan can generate the same level of excitement among spectators when he stands at the end of his run-up.

Bowling at over 90 miles an hour has taken a toll on Lee's body, however, and he recently suffered a torn abdominal muscle during the home series against Zimbabwe and underwent surgery on his left ankle.

The selectors are keeping their fingers crossed that Lee will regain full fitness in time to play against India, but will not take risks with a player whose elder brother Shane had to retire at the age of 29 because of injury problems.



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