Dennis Lillee has joined Cricket Australia’s high performance team as a Fast Bowling Advisor.
The Hall of Famer will provide coaching services, guidance and mentorship to Australia’s up and coming fast bowlers as well as the current national men’s team.
Lillee is regarded around the globe as one of the cricket’s greatest fast bowlers, taking 355 Test wickets from 70 matches.
His combination with Jeff Thomson is part of Australian cricket folklore. The pair terrorized batsmen the world over during the 1970’s, combining blistering pace with relentless pressure to destroy opposition line-ups and spirits.
Lillee will be available face-to-face and on mobile to the squad, but won’t travel extensively abroad with the national team.
He will work closely with full-time bowling coach Ali de Winter as Australia prepare to tackle India in a Test series next month and then the highly-anticipated Ashes series starting in July.
Seventeen years ago Lillee wrote about the need for a “roster of quicks” like Major League Baseball pitching staff.
In his column in the West Australian in November ’96, Lillee reflected on the possibility of informed player management.
"With the number of exciting young fast bowling prospects I see through my work with Pace Australia, I dream of a roster of quicks," Lillee said in 1996.
"The workload these days is enormous and must be shared.
"Rival captains Richie Benaud and Frank Worrell had 15 days to regroup between the first and second Tests of the fabulous 1960-61 series in Australia.
"Mark Taylor and Courtney Walsh have been given just two days between the Brisbane and Sydney Tests - something has to give.
"I was always at my sorest and stiffest two or three days after a Test match."
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First Posted 30 January, 2013 6:55PM AEST