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Sad to lose Proteas star Lizelle Lee, but fitness standards must be maintained

Ken Borland

The Proteas batter shocked the cricketing world when she quit the national team midway through the tour of England.

Lizelle Lee batting in the Test against England at the end of June. Picture: Harry Trump/Getty Images

It is always terrible when one of our national teams prematurely loses one of their stars, but the sudden retirement of the 30-year-old Lizelle Lee from the Proteas women’s team has been followed by the ugliest of carping by the player in the aftermath. Lee retired from the international game on July 8, shortly before the start of their ODI series in England. CSA, Lee, her agent and the players’ union crafted a rose-tinted statement in which the opening batter said she felt she had “given everything I could to the Proteas” and “I feel that I am ready for...

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