During the course of England’s comprehensive victory over Australia on Saturday at Edgbaston, pace bowler James Anderson became England’s leading wicket-taker in one-day internationals, overtaking Darren Gough.
The 1999/2000 series in Australia was a disastrous tour for the Indians. Led by Sachin Tendulkar, they lost all the three Tests without putting up much of a fight. India’s inability to cope with conditions abroad came to the fore again.
Earlier this week, Aussie speedster Brett Lee announced his retirement from international cricket, ending a glorious career of 13 years. Even as tributes keep flowing in for the gentleman cricketer, one aspect possibly no one is focusing on is that Lee’s farewell could be the end of an era – the era of the genuine fast bowler.
How would history remember Brett Lee? As a tear-away fast bowler, who did justice to his talent and was among the best of his generation. As a bowler who picked up above 300 wickets in Tests as well as ODIs, and was, after the retirement of Glenn McGrath, the leader of the Aussie attack.