Lizelle Lee stats: Scintillating debut, underrated keeper and T20 pioneer

Lizelle Lee has called time on a storied career. © Getty Images

South Africa’s top order colossus, Lizelle Lee, announced her retirement from international cricket on Friday. She will continue to play domestically and in overseas leagues. Here’s a look at some of the best numbers from her career:


Lee’s tally of the 3315 runs in ODIs is the second best for South Africa behind Mignon du Preez, who scored 3760 runs in the format.


Lee was the top run-getter for South Africa in T20Is, scoring 1896 runs in 82 matches. She’s 15th in the overall list.


Lee is the only South African player to be involved in six 100+ partnerships in T20Is.


Lee’s 13 fifties are the most for South Africa in T20Is. Dane van Niekerk is next best with ten.


Lee’s 18 dismissals (14 catches + 4 stumpings) as a wicketkeeper in ODIs are the third-most for South Africa behind Trisha Chetty (181) and Daleen Terblanche (33).


Lee is the only South African player to take three catches thrice in an ODI innings. Five other South Africans have done it once each.


Lee’s 59-ball hundred against Thailand at the T20 World Cup in 2020 is the fastest for South Africa in the format.


Lee’s 101 is the second highest score for South Africa in T20Is. Shandre Fritz’s 116* is the highest.


Lee also holds the record for the fastest 50 for South Africa in T20Is. She smashed a 50 off just 26 balls against Pakistan in 2019.


Lee is one of only two South Africans to captain and also keep wickets in an ODI. Mignon du Preez, who also retired from Tests and ODIs earlier this year, is the other player from the country to achieve this feat.


Number of innings Lee required to get to 1000 T20I runs, the fastest for South Africa and the 13th fastest overall.


Lee, though, is the only South African and one of seven players in history to captain, open the batting and keep wicket in the same ODI.


Lee’s 68 against England at Taunton in 2018 is the highest score by a South African wicketkeeper in T20Is.


No South African player has scored more runs in a series than the 616 that Lee accumulated in the ICC Women’s Championship (2014-2016/17).


Lee scored 288 runs against India in India in 2021, a tally that is the best by a South African batter in a bilateral ODI series.


Lee scored 717 runs in ODIs in 2017. Only Laura Wolvaardt has scored more ODI runs in a calendar year for South Africa. Wolvaardt has already scored 728 runs in 2022.


Lee also holds the record of scoring the most runs in an ODI innings for South Africa in a match they lost. She scored 117 against England in 2018 at Hove. It’s also the fourth-highest score overall in ODIs in a losing cause. In the same match, Lee also achieved the record of the highest score by a South Africa wicketkeeper in ODIs.


Among players who have played a minimum of 20 ODI innings, Lee’s average of 36.42 is the third-best for South Africa after Wolvaardt (45.35) and Johmari Logtenberg (38.54).


Lee scored 77 on ODI debut against Bangladesh in 2013, which is the highest by a South African player on debut.


Lee’s three ODI hundreds are the joint-most for South Africa with Wolvaardt.


Lee has four scores in the 90s in ODIs, the second-most in ODIs after Mithali Raj and Stafanie Taylor, who have five each. She is also the only South African to be dismissed on 99 in an ODI.


Lee’s career aggregate of 23 ODI 50s is only bettered by Wolvaardt for South Africa. Wolvaardt is on 27 currently.


Lee scored 73 when South Africa were bowled out for 124 against India in 2018. She contributed 58.87 per cent of the team’s total, the best for South Africa in an innings and the fifth best overall.


Among players who have scored a minimum of 500 runs in ODIs, Lee’s strike rate of 84.22 is only bettered by Chloe Tryon (98.28) among South Africa players.


Lee is the only wicketkeeper to take four catches in an innings twice in T20Is. Lee is also the only South African wicketkeeper to effect four dismissals in an innings twice in T20Is.