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Hussey and Lee receive MCC ties in Sydney

Mike Hussey, Mike Gatting and Brett Lee
Mike Hussey, Mike Gatting and Brett Lee

Australia greats Brett Lee and Mike Hussey have been presented with their MCC ties in Sydney, having accepted Honorary Life Membership of the Club in 2013.

MCC President Mike Gatting led the ceremony at the Sydney Cricket Ground, after MCC's fixture against an SCG XI.

The pair were then joined by fellow MCC Honorary Life Member, the former Australia captain Steve Waugh, for a Q&A session led by broadcaster Jim Maxwell.

Lee is remembered as one of the fastest bowlers of the modern era, who played in 76 Tests and 221 ODIs in an international career spanning 14 years.

A native of Wollongong, he is one of only four Australia bowlers - alongside Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath and Dennis Lillee - to have taken 300 Test wickets.

He is his country's joint-leading wicket taker in ODIs, alongside McGrath, and played a leading role in Australia's 2003 and 2007 ICC World Cup victories.

Mike Hussey, affectionately known as Mr Cricket, made a late entry to international cricket at the age of 28, but more than made up for lost time in a stellar career across all three formats before bowing out in 2013.

In 79 Tests he scored 6235 runs at an average of 51.52 with 19 centuries, and formed the backbone of his team's batting line-up from his debut in 2005 to  retirement last year.

Now aged 38, he continues to forge a successful Twenty20 career with Sydney Thunder in the Big Bash League and the Chennai Super Kings in the IPL. Lee also remains active in the BBL with Sydney Sixers.

Long standing and much respected Chairman of the Sydney Cricket Ground Trust - and new MCC Honorary Life Member - Rodney Cavalier was also presented with his MCC tie at the dinner.

The SCGT kindly hosted the evening in honour of MCC, and other significant attendees included Australian legends Arthur Morris, Neil Harvey and Alan Davidson.

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