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Lillee parts ways with Cricket Australia

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May 6, 2014

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Dennis Lillee has a word with James Pattinson, Perth, January 30, 2013
Australia's young fast bowlers will no longer have the benefit of Dennis Lillee's experience © Getty Images

Dennis Lillee has parted ways with Cricket Australia after turning down an offer to renew his contract as a coaching consultant with the fast bowlers.

The Age has reported that Lillee demanded more money for his services as a consultant, and Cricket Australia was not willing to meet his request.

"Unfortunately Dennis Lillee didn't accept Cricket Australia's offer to renew his contract," a Cricket Australia spokesman said. "He is a great of the game and the door will always be open to him if he wants to return and be involved in any way. We've made a point in recent times of being open to bringing in coaching consultants when required."

Lillee has been widely credited with helping to reignite the career of Mitchell Johnson, while he has also worked with bowlers such as Pat Cummins and James Faulkner.

Cricket Australia said in January last year that Lillee had been made a pace-bowling advisor, but his preferred terms for a renewed contract were not met this year.

Cricket Australia this week confirmed a contract extension for bowling coach Craig McDermott, whose roles was also expanded to include the shorter formats as well as Tests, while Ali de Winter will work alongside McDermott, largely at the National Cricket Centre.

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Posted by LoungeChairCritic on (May 6, 2014, 23:31 GMT)

Lillee was one of the 1st sportsmen to use his image to turn it into a business & career. Post career he has worked hard to create a brand. In the past I am sure he has given up a fair bit of his time to help others. He was the WACA chairman for a number of years. In my opinion and at the age of around 65, he has earn't the right to say no to a job. I am sure DK will continue to invite Mitchell Johnson and other young Australian fast bowlers over for a friendly barbecue at his amazing riverside Perth home.

Posted by here2rock on (May 6, 2014, 10:05 GMT)

Where was Lillee when Mitchell Johnson was struggling to make an impact? Too much credit to Lillee, it is all about his own hard work and confidence, in my opinion Craig McDermott has made a lot more difference to the fast bowlers than Lillee.

Posted by RednWhiteArmy on (May 6, 2014, 9:35 GMT)

Cmon England get him in. Lets make it happen.

Posted by kensohatter on (May 6, 2014, 7:05 GMT)

The situation is just strange. CA clearly want Lillee. If he is the man responsible for reviving Johnson surely he is the man for the job of getting Pattison, Starc and Cummins up to world class standard. I actually think the problem here is Lillee and some excessive demands. Shame but you cant have staff or players dictating pay packets and expect to remain financially viable. McDermott will do a decent job but I do hope Lillee comes to his senses and realises that there is only one Australian cricket team so unless he wants to move to England its time to accept what im sure is a reasonable offer.

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