He continued playing for Australia in one-day matches and in the Twenty20 arena. International retirement notwithstanding, Lee will continue playing in the Australian Big Bash and Indian Premier league.
Rated among the most fearsome fast bowlers in modern era, the ever-smiling six-footer took 380 wickets in 221 one-day internationals and 28 wickets from 25 Twenty20 appearances for Australia.
Interestingly his Test career began against India, a country he frequents for reasons beyond cricket.
It was a sensational debut in 1999 as Lee grabbed seven wickets -- five in the first innings itself to announce his arrival at the international stage.
Image: Kolkata Knight Riders bowler Brett Lee reacts after he bowls during the IPL Twenty20 match between Pune Warriors India and Kolkata Knight Riders at The D.Y.Patil Stadium.