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    CA salutes 'fantastic' Lee

    Sydney: Terming Brett Lee's record as fantastic, Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland said Lee was an inspiration to many young kids taking up the game.

    "His record as a wicket-taker and leader of the attack is fantastic and speaks for itself, but his resilience and ability to bounce back after numerous injuries has also been impressive." Sutherland said. "On top of this, and this is a significant part of his legacy, Brett inspired young Australians to play cricket and bowl fast." he added

    The 35-year-old Lee announced his retirement from all forms of international cricket on Friday, ending a career ending a 13 year long career.

    National selector John Inverarity said Lee's record "speaks for itself."

    "He first represented Australia as an exciting fast bowler in the Boxing Day Test in 1999 and played his last match for Australia on July 7 this year," Inverarity said.

    "The statistics only tell a part of the story. Brett has been an absolute ornament to the game; a fine player, a fierce and brave competitor, a generous opponent and one who always upheld the highest standards of sportsmanship."

    Lee has had a popular following in India, even before his IPL playing days. He has appeared playing his guitar on Indian talk shows and news channels.