A BATTING WITH BIMAL BREAKING REPORT: Cricket Australia appoint Dennis Lillee as fast-bowling advisor

Lillee has been producing the best out of young bowlers for decades

Cricket Australia have appointed former pace bowler Dennis Lillee to their high performance section, where he will take up the role of fast-bowling advisor.

Lillee will lend his services not only to emerging players, but to the national team as well.

Lillee has been working with bowling coach Ali de Winter to prepare the Australians for their ongoing tour of India and the back-to-back Ashes series which is set to follow.

Since his retirement from international cricket, Lillee has been closely associated with the MRF Pace Foundation in Chennai for the past 25 years, while also being the president of the Western Australian Cricket Association since 2004.

During his 13-year career, which spanned from 1971 to 1984, Lillee represented Australia in 70 Tests, where he took 355 wickets at an outstanding average of 23.92.

In the 1990s, Lillee worked closely with what was then known as the Australian Cricket Board (ACB) under the Pace Australia programme, where he mentored and coached young seamers, one of which included Brett Lee.

He also helped Mitchell Johnson become the bowler he is today after watching him as a teenager during a coaching clinic.

Johnson was famously labelled as a “once in a generation bowler” by Lillee.

However, Lillee has recently not been as involved as he once was with Cricket Australia, but still mentors young pace bowlers from time to time.

Lillee still maintains a strong relationship with national selectors John Inverarity and Rod Marsh, both of whom used to be his team-mates at the state and international level.

Lillee could possibly be one of the only ex-players to agree with Cricket Australia’s rotation policy since he believes fast bowlers need rest from time to time, especially given the fact that they are playing in three different formats as well.

While the former quick bowler is highly unlikely to travel with the national team extensively, he noted that he would be “available face-to-face and on mobile to the squad”.

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