Despite being included in the 1996 and 1999 World Cup squads, he only really established himself in the team in the 1999–2000 Carlton and United Series along with the emergence of his younger brother, fast bowler Brett Lee. His best bowling performance in ODI was 8.1–0–33–5 against Sri Lanka at MCG in 1999 during the Carlton & United Series.
Lee is the oldest of three boys and they grew up in the Wollongong suburb of Oak Flats. He regularly played cricket with younger brothers Brett and Grant outside their house and they followed his footsteps into the New South Wales U-17 team, although Grant later gave up the game at age 18.
Nine Network's Changing Rooms, hosted by Suzie Wilks, featured Shane and brother Brett renovating each other's rooms with help from a professional designer.
He is also a member of rock group Six & Out, along with his brother Brett and four former New South Wales teammates. Shane plays lead and rhythm guitars, and supplies backing vocals.