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January 30, 2013
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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