Graham Dilley      

Full name Graham Roy Dilley

Born May 18, 1959, Dartford, Kent

Died October 5, 2011 (aged 52 years 140 days)

Major teams England, Kent, Natal, Worcestershire

Nickname Dill, Picca

Batting style Left-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm fast

Other Coach

Height 6 ft 4 in

Education Dartford West Secondary School

Relation Brother-in-law - GW Johnson, Son - JJ Dilley

Graham Roy Dilley
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 41 58 19 521 56 13.35 1494 34.87 0 2 63 0 10 0
ODIs 36 18 8 114 31* 11.40 133 85.71 0 0 11 0 4 0
First-class 234 252 93 2339 81 14.71 0 4 75 0
List A 207 94 34 675 37* 11.25 0 0 40 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 41 65 8192 4107 138 6/38 9/128 29.76 3.00 59.3 11 6 0
ODIs 36 36 2043 1291 48 4/23 4/23 26.89 3.79 42.5 3 0 0
First-class 234 34418 17395 648 7/63 26.84 3.03 53.1 34 3
List A 207 10438 6397 279 5/29 5/29 22.92 3.67 37.4 12 2 0
Career statistics
Test debut Australia v England at Perth, Dec 14-19, 1979 scorecard
Last Test England v Australia at Birmingham, Jul 6-11, 1989 scorecard
Test statistics
ODI debut England v West Indies at Sydney, Nov 28, 1979 scorecard
Last ODI England v West Indies at Leeds, May 21, 1988 scorecard
ODI statistics
First-class span 1977-1992
List A span 1978-1992
Profile

Graham Dilley was plucked from Kent as a 20-year-old and taken to Australia in 1979-80 as the Great White Hope fast bowler. Tall, blond, good-looking and seriously quick, he had obvious star quality. But though he played 41 Tests and in several of them lived up to his billing, his career meandered through loss of rhythm - his action was always a bit ugly and chest-on - and some thoroughly nasty injuries. He reached his peak in 1986 and 1987 when he was undisputed as England's spearhead, but it was his fate to be remembered more for supporting Ian Botham as a batsman at Headingley 1981. After retirement, he endured a period of well-publicised poverty, caused partly by his impulsive mid-career move from Kent to Worcestershire, which meant he never got a benefit. He returned to the cricket fold with a spell as bowling coach to the England women's team, and was appointed assistant coach of the men's side for the tour of India in 2001-02. He died aged just 52 in 2011 following a short illness.
Matthew Engel

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Jun 1, 1989

Graham Dilley on Worcestershire's Far East tour, June 1, 1989

Graham Dilley on Worcestershire's Far East tour

© Simon Bruty / Allsport

Jul 24, 1987

Graham Dilley in action against Pakistan, England v Pakistan, 4th Test, Edgbaston, July 24, 1987

Graham Dilley in action against Pakistan

© PA Photos

Apr 23, 1987

Graham Dilley at Worcestershire's pre-season photoshoot, April 23, 1987

Graham Dilley at Worcestershire's pre-season photoshoot

© PA Photos

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