Sydney: Injury-prone Australian fast bowler Brett Lee, who is playing in a Sydney first-grade match against Bankstown today, has said that he rated his longevity in cricket as his greatest feat.
He has played 76 Tests and 186 one-dayers for Australia.
Lee, 33, has suffered a series of injuries over the past 18 months and hasn`t played for Australia since a one-day international in India in October 2009.
Over the past year-and-a-half he has been sidelined at different stages by a side strain, elbow surgery, a broken thumb and a forearm injury.
"I think people are now beginning to realise it`s not an easy job being a fast bowler," said Lee, who will only play in the game`s shorter formats this season.
"It`s very hard work. It puts stress on the body because it is such an unnatural action. People have said to me, how can you keep going with ankle surgery and 12 operations later? I suppose it`s my character. I see it as being a challenge," he said.
"It`s a tough grind, and while I already appreciate it, I`ll probably look back in 20 years time and be proud to think that other than Dennis Lillee no other fast bowler has lasted as long," The Sydney Morning Herald quoted him, as saying.
"That`s my greatest achievement. I`m not worried about wickets or averages or 50s and five-wicket hauls," he added.