Full name Dennis John Lillie
Born October 28, 1945, Brisbane, Queensland
Current age 70 years 246 days
Major teams Queensland
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Legbreak googly
|First-class span||1965/66 - 1981/82|
Dennis Lillie was a promising legspinner in Brisbane club cricket when he was
called up to play for his state at the age of 20 in the 1965-66 season. After seven games with little distinction, he returned to the grade scene, seemingly never to receive further first-class honours. However, 15 years later, aged 35, he got his recall to the state side, and formed a legspinning duo with Trevor Hohns. Despite a couple of match-winning performances in tandem with Hohns in the 1980-81 and 1981-82 seasons, he was discarded midway through the latter season, as the Queensland selectors preferred a four-man pace attack which included Thomson, Rackemann and Dymock.
DJ Lillie's first season of first-class cricket in 1965-66 was three years before DK Lillee made his first senior representative appearance.
DJ Lillie and DK Lillee did not appear together in the starting lineup of the same game, however Lillie was twelfth man in a Queensland v Western Australia Sheffield Shield game in the 1980-81 season, and in fact caught DK Lillee in the first innings of that game. The following line appears from that scorecard:
DK Lillee c sub (DJ Lillie) b GS Chappell 11
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