Odishatv Bureau

In his playing days, Brett Lee was regarded as one of the fastest bowlers in international cricket. In 2003, he was an integral part of Australia's World Cup-winning team, consistently clocked at 150 km/h. After taking over 700 wickets across three formats of the game, the right-arm pacer announced his international retirement in 2012. We look at some of Brett Lee's lesser-known facts as the cricketer celebrates his 46th birthday.

Brett Lee's love for music

His passion for cricket is just as strong as his love of music. His brother Shane Lee and former New South Wales cricketers Brad McNamara, Gavin Robertson and Richard Chee Quee joined him in the rock band ‘Six & Out’. A song titled ‘You're the One For Me’ was recorded by Asha Bhosle and reached peak positions in India and South Africa.

Brett Lee's connection with Bollywood 

Brett Lee presented an award to Preity Zinta at the IIFA awards in Singapore in 2004, unaware that he would later play for Kings XI Punjab in the IPL, of which she is the co-owner. She also happens to be his favourite actress. Lee has also acted in a Bollywood movie, appearing as himself in the 2009 released movie ‘Victory’. The Harman Baweja film featured him along with many other international cricketers in cameos. Brett Lee, however, made his acting debut in the romantic comedy ‘UnIndian’, released in 2015. 

Brett Lee's participation in charity work

His continuous support for the foundations led him to be named an 'official friend'. He also funds and supports charities such as the ‘Salvation Army’, ‘ADRA’ and the ‘Make a Wish Foundation’. Lee also launched 'Mewsic' in 2007 for the purpose of supporting young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Apart from all these lesser-known facts, Brett Lee has played 76 Tests matches and 221 ODI matches for the Australian team. He picked a combined 718 international wickets and was part of the 2003 World Cup-winning team which makes him one of the most lethal and dangerous fast bowlers in the history of cricket.