Melbourne: Brett Lee, who smashed a six in the final over to lead Australia to victory over India in the tri-series ODI on Thursday night, has dedicated the win to David Hookes, who died on Monday.
“The guys really wanted to do it for Hookes,” Lee told a Sydney radio station. “It’s been a tragic week not only for his family but the whole cricketing world. There was a fair bit of emotion out there and we really wanted to walk away with a win.
“I think deep down somebody was watching and helping us last night when we were out there for those last couple of balls.
“The ball came and I shut my eyes and swung as hard as I could... it sailed over the fence — happy days,” said Lee, who also took two for 46 in a return to form with the ball.
Eight wickets down and requiring 11 runs to win off the 34th and final over in a rain-interrupted match, Australia achieved victory with one ball to spare after Lee and Andy Bichel took four runs from the first three balls then Lee hit a six and a single.
Hookes, 48, died after suffering serious head injuries and a heart attack in an assault outside a Melbourne hotel on Sunday night.
He was resuscitated at the scene and rushed to hospital in a coma but never regained consciousness.
Hookes was one of Australia’s most popular and charismatic players. He played 23 Tests from 1976-77 to 1985-86 and worked as a radio-TV commentator and coach of Victoria after his retirement.