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Australian great Brett Lee retires from cricket

Lee is one of the fastest bowlers of the modern era. Credit: PA

Australia great Brett Lee has announced his retirement and named the 2005 Ashes series as his favourite memory in a 20-year career.

Lee, 38, will send down his final ball in the Big Bash League this month, either in Sydney Sixers' final group game on Thursday or later if they reach the knockouts.

Lee, one of the fastest bowlers of the modern era, is Australia's joint highest wicket-taker in one-day internationals, joining Glenn McGrath on 380 scalps. He also picked up 310 wickets in 76 Tests.

"I'm not Benjamin Button...I'm finally calling stumps on my career," he joked.

"I'm excited and emotional, certainly happy that I've made the right decision."

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Australia skipper Smith blames drop on spidercam

A major talking point in Australia against India came three overs before lunch when Lokesh Rahul did not get hold of a pull off Shane Watson and the ball went flying into the air with Steve Smith looking certain to make the catch.

The stand-in captain, though, spilled the opportunity and instantly pointed to the sky, suggesting the ball may have hit the 'spider-cam' system of camera wires above the pitch.

Steve Smith wasn'y happy with the camera. Credit: PA

Smith could be mouthing the words 'f***ing wire' after shelling the opportunity.

Both Cricket Australia and the Australian broadcasters later confirmed that was not the case but admitted Smith had been "distracted by one of the wires in his eye line" and the fielder looked furious to have spilled the opener on 46.

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Memorial services for Sydney siege victims begin

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Two victims of the deadly siege in Sydney were being remembered at private memorial services, a week after a gunman took them hostage inside a city cafe.

The memorial for Tori Johnson was held at a church close to the Lindt Chocolat Cafe, where he and 17 others were taken hostage on December 15 by shotgun-wielding Man Haron Monis, a 50-year-old Iranian-born, self-styled cleric with a long criminal history.

The stand-off ended 16 hours later when police stormed the cafe in a barrage of gunfire to free the captives.

Mr Johnson, the cafe's 34-year-old manager, and 38-year-old lawyer Katrina Dawson were killed, along with Monis.

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Mr Johnson has since been lauded for his heroism, after reports emerged that he tried to wrestle the shotgun away from Monis, sacrificing his life and allowing several of his fellow hostages to escape before police moved in.

His partner of 14 years, Thomas Zinn, and father, Ken Johnson, helped to carry the white coffin into St Stephen's Uniting Church for the service.

Ms Dawson's memorial was scheduled for later today.

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