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Dennis Lillee      

Full name Dennis Keith Lillee

Born July 18, 1949, Subiaco, Perth, Western Australia

Current age 65 years 13 days

Major teams Australia, Northamptonshire, Tasmania, Western Australia

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm fast

In a nutshell Dennis Lillee began his career as a tearaway fast bowler but career-threatening injuries forced him to reassess his body and pace bowling. He returned more accurate and dependable, and ended his career as the leading Test wicket-taker, taking a wicket off his final ball. More

Dennis Keith Lillee
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 70 90 24 905 73* 13.71 0 1 96 8 23 0
ODIs 63 34 8 240 42* 9.23 320 75.00 0 0 17 1 10 0
First-class 198 241 70 2377 73* 13.90 0 2 67 0
List A 102 56 12 382 42* 8.68 0 0 17 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 70 132 18467 8493 355 7/83 11/123 23.92 2.75 52.0 23 23 7
ODIs 63 63 3593 2145 103 5/34 5/34 20.82 3.58 34.8 5 1 0
First-class 198 44806 20695 882 8/29 23.46 2.77 50.8 50 13
List A 102 5678 3259 165 5/34 5/34 19.75 3.44 34.4 7 1 0
Career statistics
Test debut Australia v England at Adelaide, Jan 29-Feb 3, 1971 scorecard
Last Test Australia v Pakistan at Sydney, Jan 2-6, 1984 scorecard
Test statistics
ODI debut England v Australia at Manchester, Aug 24, 1972 scorecard
Last ODI Australia v West Indies at Lord's, Jun 18, 1983 scorecard
ODI statistics
First-class span 1969-1988
List A span 1969-1988
Profile

Dennis Lillee, considered by many to have been "the complete bowler", was the heart of Australia's attack for more than a decade. Through a combination of ability, showmanship and sheer hard work he won the loyal following of the nation's crowds, who often roared his name as he ran in to bowl. And Lillee repaid their faith with interest - he was the type of character whom captains could rely on to bowl "one more over" at the end of a long spell, and often made breakthroughs when success seemed unlikely. Armed with a copybook action, Lillee broke Lance Gibbs' world record of 309 Test wickets and finished with 355 dismissals from just 70 matches to underline his status as one of the all-time greats. Since retirement he has also retained a high profile through his commitment to developing new generations of fast bowlers.

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Jul 30, 2013

Kapil Dev, Sanath Jayasuriya, Ian Chappell and Dennis Lillee chat at the unveiling of the World Cup groups, Melbourne, July 30, 2013

Kapil Dev, Sanath Jayasuriya, Ian Chappell and Dennis Lillee chat

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Jan 30, 2013

Dennis Lillee has a word with James Pattinson, Perth, January 30, 2013

Dennis Lillee has a word with James Pattinson

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Dec 3, 2012

Dennis Lillee at the WACA, December 3, 2012

Dennis Lillee

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Notes

Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1973

Australian Cricket Hall of Fame 2002

Member of the Order of Australia, Jan 2010

Tournament Results
Afghanistan v Kenya at Sharjah - Oct 4, 2013
Afghanistan won by 7 wickets (with 175 balls remaining)
Afghanistan v Kenya at Sharjah - Oct 2, 2013
Afghanistan won by 8 wickets (with 193 balls remaining)
U.A.E. v Namibia at Sharjah - Sep 29, 2013
U.A.E. won by 135 runs
U.A.E. v Namibia at Sharjah - Sep 27, 2013
U.A.E. won by 158 runs
Ireland v Scotland at Belfast - Sep 8, 2013
Ireland won by 7 wickets (with 102 balls remaining)
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