List of international cricket five-wicket hauls by Brett Lee

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Brett Lee has the third highest number of fifers in ODIs.

In cricket, a five-wicket haul (also known as a "five-for" or "fifer")[1][2] refers to a bowler taking five or more wickets in a single innings. This is regarded as a notable achievement,[3] and fewer than 40 bowlers have taken more than 15 five-wicket hauls at international level during their cricketing careers. Brett Lee has the fifth highest number of international five-wicket hauls among Australian cricketers as of 2013.[4][N 1] A right-arm fast bowler, he is regarded as one of the fastest international bowlers in the modern cricketing era.[5][6]

Lee picked up a five-wicket haul on Test debut,[7] playing against India in December 1999;[8] a match that Australia won.[9] His career-best figures for an innings were 5 wickets for 30 runs against West Indies at the Brisbane Cricket Ground in November 2005; while never managing to take ten wickets in a single match.[9] Eight of his ten Test five-wicket hauls were taken at home.[10] After capturing 310 wickets, Lee retired from Test cricket in 2010 and remains Australia's fourth most successful bowler in the format.[8]

After making his One Day International (ODI) debut against Pakistan in January 2000,[8] Lee's first ODI five-wicket haul came in one of the matches of the series against India; the performance ensured Australia's victory.[9] With nine five-wicket hauls, his position is third in the all-time ODI list.[11] His career-best bowling in ODI cricket was 5 wickets for 22 runs against South Africa at Melbourne Cricket Ground in January 2006; his performance earned him the man of the match award.[9][12] Lee claimed 19 five-wicket hauls in his International career, and Australia never lost any of the games on such instances. However, he never took more than five wickets in a single innings in any format of the international game.[9]

Lee played his first Twenty20 International (T20I) against New Zealand in 2005, and is Australia's fourth highest wicket-taker in the format.[13] He never took a five-wicket haul in T20I, where his best bowling figures remain 3 wickets for 23 runs.[14] Lee announced his retirement from international cricket in July 2012.[15]

Key[edit]

Lee bowling to a Pakistani batsman. Two other players are also seen.
Lee bowling in a warm-up match against Pakistan during the 2004 ICC Champions Trophy.
Symbol Meaning
Date Day the Test started or ODI held
Inn Innings in which five-wicket haul was taken
Overs Number of overs bowled
Runs Number of runs conceded
Wkts Number of wickets taken
Econ Runs conceded per over
Batsmen Batsmen whose wickets were taken
Result Result for the Australia team
dagger Brett Lee was man of the match

Tests[edit]

List of five-wicket hauls by Brett Lee in Test cricket
No. Date Ground Against Inn Overs Runs Wkts Econ Batsmen Result
1 26 December 1999 Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne  India 2 18 47 5 2.61 Won[16]
2 31 March 2000 Westpac Trust Park, Hamilton  New Zealand 1 23 77 5 3.34 Won[17]
3 1 December 2000 WACA Ground, Perth  West Indies 3 15 61 5 4.06 Won[18]
4 8 November 2001 dagger Brisbane Cricket Ground, Brisbane  New Zealand 2 23 61 5 2.91 Won[19]
5 3 November 2005 Brisbane Cricket Ground, Brisbane  West Indies 4 14 30 5 2.14 Won[20]
6 16 December 2005 WACA Ground, Perth  South Africa 2 22.2 93 5 4.16 Drawn[21]
7 24 March 2006 Kingsmead Cricket Ground, Durban  South Africa 2 19.4 69 5 3.50 Won[22]
8 2 January 2008 Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney  India 2 32.2 119 5 3.68 Won[23]
9 30 May 2008 Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, Antigua  West Indies 2 21 59 5 2.80 Drawn[24]
10 28 November 2008 Adelaide Oval, Adelaide  New Zealand 3 25 105 5 4.20 Won[25]

ODIs[edit]

List of five-wicket hauls by Brett Lee in One Day Internationals
No. Date Ground Against Inn Overs Runs Wkts Econ Batsmen Result
1 26 January 2000 Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne  India 2 8.5 27 5 3.05 Won[26]
2 25 January 2003 dagger Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne  England 2 9.3 30 5 3.15 Won[27]
3 11 March 2003 St George's Oval, Port Elizabeth  New Zealand 2 9.1 42 5 4.58 Won[28]
4 10 July 2005 dagger Lord's Cricket Ground, London  England 1 10 41 5 4.10 Won[29]
5 20 January 2006 dagger Docklands Stadium, Melbourne  South Africa 2 10 22 5 2.20 Won[12]
6 22 September 2006 dagger Kinrara Academy Oval, Kuala Lumpur  India 2 8.5 38 5 4.30 Won[30]
7 3 February 2008 Brisbane Cricket Ground, Brisbane  India 1 9 27 5 3.0 N/R[31][N 2]
8 24 February 2008 Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney  India 2 9.1 58 5 6.32 Won[32]
9 12 September 2009 dagger Lord's Cricket Ground, London  England 1 9 49 5 5.44 Won[33]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The five-wicket haul is defined by the accumulative sum of all formats of the game.
  2. ^ Match was abandoned due to rain.

References[edit]

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  11. ^ "Records – One-Day – Bowling records – Most five-wickets-in-an-innings in a career". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 12 May 2012. 
  12. ^ a b "VB Series – 4th match". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 10 May 2012. 
  13. ^ "Statistics – Statsguru – B Lee – Twenty20 Internationals – Bowling innings". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 19 May 2012. 
  14. ^ "Statistics – Statsguru – B Lee – Twenty20 Internationals". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 19 May 2012. 
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  17. ^ "Trans-Tasman Trophy – 3rd Test". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 10 May 2012. 
  18. ^ "The Frank Worrell Trophy – 2nd Test". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 10 May 2012. 
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  20. ^ "The Frank Worrell Trophy – 1st Test". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 10 May 2012. 
  21. ^ "South Africa in Australia Test Series – 1st Test". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 10 May 2012. 
  22. ^ "Australia in South Africa Test Series – 2nd Test". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 10 May 2012. 
  23. ^ "Border-Gavaskar Trophy – 2nd Test". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 10 May 2012. 
  24. ^ "The Frank Worrell Trophy – 2nd Test". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 10 May 2012. 
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  26. ^ "Carlton & United Series – 10th match". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 10 May 2012. 
  27. ^ "VB Series – 2nd final". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 10 May 2012. 
  28. ^ "ICC World Cup – 47th match, Super Sixes". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 10 May 2012. 
  29. ^ "NatWest Challenge – 2nd match". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 10 May 2012. 
  30. ^ "DLF Cup – 6th match". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 10 May 2012. 
  31. ^ "Commonwealth Bank Series – 1st match". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 10 May 2012. 
  32. ^ "Commonwealth Bank Series – 10th match". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 10 May 2012. 
  33. ^ "NatWest Series – Australia in England – 4th ODI". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 10 May 2012. 

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