Brett Lee took social media by storm after a video emerged of him showing no mercy on his son. Now he’s cheekily responded to the clip.
Footage emerged last week of Lee showing absolutely no mercy on his son Preston in a game of cricket out the front of a house on a suburban footpath.
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In a video posted by Lee’s older brother Shane — who played 45 ODIs for Australia himself — Lee can be seen bowling to his son on a shortened concrete pitch.
The 46-year-old casually walks up to the crease before bowling a searing yorker that knocked middle stump out of the ground and very nearly crushed his son’s bare feet.
Lee was clearly pleased with his effort, jogging towards Preston and raising his finger in the air.
Brett commented on Shane’s Instagram post of the video: “Oh yeh !!!!! Pack your bags Presto”, along with a cry laughing emoji.
Now the former Australian pace spearhead has reacted to the viral clip, saying he took great pleasure in clean bowling his 15-year-old son with a good old fashioned “toe-crusher”.
“Got him,” Lee said simply when the video was replayed for him on this week’s episode of The Brett Lee podcast.
“It was a semi-hard ball out the front of my brother’s house. So Shane my older brother, who also played for Australia was filming. My younger brother Grant was behind me, bowling next. Grant was a better cricketer than Shane and I put together.
“And Preston my son was batting. Sniffed him up first, got to get him on the back foot and then I thought I’d go for the big toe crusher and try and rip his pegs out.’
Lee’s co-host Brad McNamara explained Preston is a talented junior cricket player himself and did well to get his feet out of the way from his dad’s rocket of a yorker.
Lee admitted he still has “white line fever” and jumps at any chance to send someone’s stumps cartwheeling.
“As soon as you get that ball in your hand, there’s a bit of mongrel in you,” McNamara told Lee.
“I love it and just the sound it makes,” Lee added.
“It never goes away but it’s like what your brain is telling you and what your body can do can sometimes be two different things.”
When asked how Preston was dealing with his new-found fame on social media at the hands of his dad, Lee joked his son was just happy the viral video featured him shirtless.
“He’s fine,” Lee said.
“I think he’s just more concerned or probably happy about getting his rig out. So he was going all right. The rig was good.”
He regularly bowled at speeds of 150km/h playing for Australia and many years after retiring from professional cricket, the sight of Binga sending stumps flying was enough to make any Aussie cricket fan smile.
Lee took 310 wickets for Australia during his 76-Test career and is also tied with Glenn McGrath for the most ODI wickets taken by an Australian (380).
He will be part of Fox Cricket’s commentary team for the fourth Ashes Test, which gets underway at the SCG on Wednesday.