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Brett Lee announces retirement from Twenty20 cricket

Veteran fast bowler Brett Lee will retire at the end of the 2014-15 Big Bash League season, ending his 20-year career in cricket.

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Australian fast bowler Brett Lee announced his retirement from cricket on Thursday, bringing to an end a career that started in 1995.

Lee has only played Twenty20 (T20) cricket since 2012, combining his playing with more extensive work on television, and speaking at a media conference, the 38-year-old conceded he will give the game away when the Sydney Sixers' 2014-15 Big Bash League (BBL) campaign ends this month.

The Sixers have one more match before the BBL finals - against local rivals the Sydney Thunder - while they are likely to qualify for the play-offs, as they sit third in the standings.

Lee claimed he decided to retire at the start of the BBL season, adding that added to his enjoyment with the Sixers.

"I knew before the season started that this was going to be my last season," the veteran bowler said.

"I met with [coach] Trevor Bayliss and the talk was will I play for another two or three years, and I had that option, but I said to him straight away I want to make this my last year, I really want to enjoy this year.

"I think I've certainly had a lot more fun in the last six weeks than I ever have in my life. That's because I haven't put pressure on myself.

"Cricket has given me so many great memories, it has given me so many great opportunities. I've been lucky enough to play for 20 years, whereas most people might get a year or two. To play for two decades at the top level, really happy."

Lee played 76 Tests for Australia, taking 310 wickets at an average of 30.81, while he made 221 one-day international appearances, claiming 380 scalps at 23.36.

In T20 cricket, Lee played 25 games for his country, taking 28 wickets at 25.50.

In this season's BBL, Lee sits equal fourth for wickets with nine - averaging 22.22, with an economy rate of 7.14 runs per over.

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