He has enjoyed a productive 2006 after taking on more responsibility following Glenn McGrath's withdrawal from the side.
He took 20 wickets in the 2006-07 Ashes series, 12 of which came in the last two matches.
His one-day bowling has always been vital to Australia's success and he was unsurprisingly named in the Commonwealth Bank series squad to play England and New Zealand, and in the provisional World Cup squad.
Provides the attack with genuine hostility that has been at extreme cost in the past and is capable of producing an unplayable delivery.
Lee was one of Australia's star performers in the 2005 Ashes and took 20 wickets and in tandem with Shane Warne with the ball and Michael Kasprowicz with the bat, came desperately close to pulling off two unlikely Test wins at Trent Bridge and Edgbaston.
Lee is still capable of searingly fast spells, is nearing 300 Test wickets and is determined to leave a lasting impression.
He performed well with the bat at Edgbaston in 2005 and was pictured shaking hands with Andrew Flintoff at the end of the game.
Lee was left unbeaten on 43 as Australia fell three runs short of one of the unlikeliest Test wins ever, and the photo of Flintoff consoling the Australian at the end of the game will be one of the defining sporting images for years to come.