World cricket’s top female ODI batsman Lizelle Lee has revealed why she left the Proteas amid the team’s England tour.
Lee announced his international retirement a few weeks ago, and following the single test between South Africa and England.
She missed the ODI and T20 series and is not in action at the Commonwealth Games either.
Lee will, however, continue to perform in the Hundred and Big Bash. She was named the ICC Female ODI Player of the Year for last year.
On the BBC Stumped podcast, and hosted by Alison Mitchell, Lee reveals his weight and inability to get a proper test ahead of the England tour were at the heart of his decision to leave the Proteas.
“I’m fit to play. In terms of skills, I can do the job,” says Lee. “I did the fitness tests, but not the weight tests. As a woman, it breaks me, that I weigh too much.
Lee goes on to say that she has always struggled with her weight and has never received any support from Cricket South Africa to help keep her weight within the required zone.
“But, ultimately, it’s what you eat,” she says.