Legend Profiles > Dennis Lillee
- Date of Birth: 18.07.1949
- Bats: Right-hand
- Bowls: Right arm fast
Considered by many to be the complete bowler, Lillee was at the heart of Australia's attack for more than a decade.
He was known for his fiery temper as much as his fast bowling and rose to prominence at the end of his debut season when he toured New Zealand with Australia's second team and took 18 wickets at an average of just 16.44.
He broke into the Australian first team during the 1970-71 Ashes, making his debut in the drawn sixth Test at Adelaide where he took 5-83 in the first innings.
In that match he shared the new ball with Alan Thomson but it was his later partnership with another Thomson - Jeff - that would later terrorise England's batsmen.
In the return series Lillee took 31 wickets for an average of 17.67, but injury trouble lay just around the corner. While on tour in the West Indies, Lillee broke down and was diagnosed with a stress fracture in his back.
Despite speculation his bowling career was over, Lillee underwent a rigorous physiotherapy routine and returned for the 1974-75 Ashes, where he played a vital role in Australia's 4-1 victory by taking 25 wickets.
His mastery of control - not to mention his headband and squat appeal - added to Lillee's allure as he went on to break Lance Gibbs' world record of 309 Test wickets.
Upon retiring in 1984, he had 355 Test victims to his name from just 70 matches. Over the course of his career he established a remarkable relationship with wicketkeeper Rod Marsh, with the scorecard entry 'c Marsh b Lillee' appearing a record 95 times in Tests.
As well as a supreme bowler, Lillee was never far from controversy and in 1979 he arrived at the crease with an aluminium bat.
After being advised by umpires and his own captain to change back to a wooden one, Lillee threw the bat 40 yards towards the pavilion in frustration.
International Career Stats:
|Career Span:||1971 - 1983|
|5 Wicket Innings:||23|
|10 Wicket matches:||0|
|Best bowling in Innings:||7/83|
|Career Span:||1972 - 1983|
|5 Wicket Innings:||1|
|10 Wicket matches:||0|
|Best bowling in Innings:||5/34|
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