Australia news January 30, 2013

Lillee appointed fast-bowling advisor by CA

ESPNcricinfo staff

Dennis Lillee has joined Cricket Australia's high performance team as a fast bowling advisor and will provide his services to emerging players as well as the national squad.

Lillee will work with Australia's bowling coach Ali de Winter ahead of the tour to India and back-to-back Ashes series later this year. After his retirement, Lillee had been associated with the MRF Pace Foundation in Chennai for 25 years until 2012. He's also been president of the Western Australian Cricket Association since 2004.

During a 13-year international career between 1971 and 1984, Lillee played 70 Tests and took 355 wickets at an average of 23.92. During the 1990s Lillee worked with what was then known as the Australian Cricket Board under the Pace Australia banner, mentoring numerous young fast men including Brett Lee.

He was also known to have helped aid Mitchell Johnson's rapid emergence from obscurity in Queensland when he saw the teenaged left-armer at a coaching clinic, famously labelling him a "once in a generation bowler".

In more recent times Lillee had kept a certain distance from CA, though he did continue to help young fast bowlers on an individual basis, notably offering advice to Johnson before his blistering performance during the 2010 Perth Ashes match.

Lillee has maintained strong relationships with the national selectors John Inverarity and Rod Marsh, both former state and national teammates. His views on the need to rotate fast bowlers where possible, given the increasing demands of the international schedule have been known for some time.

They were recently presented by CA as evidence contrary to the run of negative publicity the national team has received in recent weeks for spreading the workload among its players.

While Lillee is unlikely to travel overseas extensively with the team, he will be "available face-to-face and on mobile to the squad".

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  • Andrew on February 1, 2013, 1:24 GMT

    @dizzay on (January 31 2013, 14:04 PM GMT) - I would say that we are developing quite a few good swing bowlers who prefer to swing rather than seam. Siddle is a bloke who has had his development retarded (Internationally), by being taught to bang it in for Victoria (Pattinson's problem too). They were tinkered with by Craig mac & suddenly became much greater propositions. Starc constantly tries to swing the ball (more successful in ODIs & T20s at it).

  • Liam on January 31, 2013, 14:04 GMT

    Dennis can you please find something that Australia has lacked for so long: a decent swing bowler! Why do we produce to many 'bang it in' medium pace bowlers, its ok if they can consistently bowl 150km/h however we cant even produce them anymore. Swing is such a crucial weapon as we see with the SA and English team and is evident in almost every club cricket team. Unsure why aiming the seam towards first slip is not emphasized with Australian bowlers anymore, it seams that there is a lot of science in regards to fitness however maybe Dennis can hopefully inject some old school basics back into our bowling department including not only swing but a stronger attacking mentality.

  • Brenton on January 31, 2013, 11:41 GMT

    Now we need a person in this type of role coaching spin. Anyone around who could fit that bill? Warnie?

  • Lisa on January 31, 2013, 3:25 GMT

    @fazald - Shane Warne suggested Merv Hughes and Bruce Reid to be bowling coaches. He didn't have anything to do with Lillee being appointed.

  • j on January 30, 2013, 21:59 GMT

    If australia fail in India, which looks likely, Lille's tenure could end up being a short one.

  • Terry on January 30, 2013, 14:16 GMT

    That would be the Lillee who set up fast bowling academies in India ..... he is one who would know more about India than most. Just surprised he has been used so little in the past. Ditto someone like Steve Waugh.

  • Fazal on January 30, 2013, 13:20 GMT

    Hats off to Shane Warne . This is a very good start indeed. Thanks to Cricket Australia that it has taken Warne's suggestions seriously and appointed Lillee as a fast bowling advisor. In the same way I hope CA would also consider appointing other past cricketers who have represented the country to impart their knowledge in batting, fielding and spin bowling as well since the standards are fast deteriorating unlike in previous years where Australia would set the standards and others would follow. Not long ago the Australian cricket team was on top of the world but now mostly they are considered the underdogs.The ashes is a typical example.

  • Thomas on January 30, 2013, 13:14 GMT

    Get De Winter out and let Dennis run the whole show.

  • Nik on January 30, 2013, 11:28 GMT

    DK you're by far and away the best fast bowler in history. LEGEND and a great West Australian!!! Better than anything the poms have come up with!!!

  • Andrew on January 30, 2013, 10:47 GMT

    Superb decision by Cric Oz! Long over due.

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