Posts Tagged "Dennis Lillee"
Umpires create controversies on the cricket field, but English umpire Dickie Bird has started one off the field 17 years after retirement.
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World Series Cricket changed the game for the better, but the sport is unwilling to recognise it.
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Recently on Twitter I was asked who I thought the best fast bowler was since 1970. It got me thinking, so here is what I reckon. And yes, I am expecting to be challenged significantly by all of you out there in the ‘Roar-iverse’
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Behind the moustaches, behind the shades of brown and behind the bodyshirts, Howzat gave us a look at something that seems long forgotten: the Australian cricketer as part of pop culture.
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”He bowls to the left, he bowls to the right, that Mitchell Johnson, his bowling is …”. This chant has not only echoed in Johnson’s ears, but every English cricket ground since last the Ashes series.
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The refreshing turnaround of the Australian cricket team from the disaster of just 12 months ago has captured the imagination of cricket lovers and reinvigorated interest in the test team.
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Australian fast bowling legend Dennis Lillee is attributed with one of international cricket’s great quotes. When he’d finished his stellar career in 1984, Lillee became a regular coach at the Pace Foundation in Bombay, now Mumbai.
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The dress rehearsals are over with Australia thrashing England 6-1. True, most of it was meaningless, but still there were some positives; the return of Brett Lee, the return to batting form for Michael Clarke, Shane Watson all-round act and the middle-order solidity of David Hussey.
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In a long lifetime of watching cricket I don’t think I have ever seen something so stupid and so selfish as Shane Watson’s idiotic call for a short single that resulted in running out Philip Hughes.
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Every morning for the last three days I passed two statues and did not give them even a cursory glance. This morning I was early and the MCG precinct was deserted. I was drawn, inexorably, to the first of the statues and gazed at the figure of Dennis Keith Lillee.
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Clutching a stump and the match ball, Shane Warne gazed up into the masses of people in the stands that seem to reach into the sky at the MCG and gulped, trying to catch his breath.
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I’m not the most patriotic chap. I was, but not now. I question why, too. Then Perth reminded me. Punter shouting abuse to the sideline at the departing batter. A captain? Foul. It embarrasses me and is not what I want my son to see.
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The Indian ocean will be churned by conflicting and contrasting currents today. To the right, in Perth, Australia will be in a desperate battle to reclaim some credibility. England will want to keep their foot on the collective Aussie throat. To the left, South Africa and India will be fighting for the heavyweight championship of [...]
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The end has come for Movember, with the facial fuzz grown over the past month set to be erased from men’s faces like a bristly bad memory.
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Whenever great Test matches are talked about, the 1981 Boxing Day Test at the MCG between Australia and the West Indies always gets a mention.
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Last Wednesday Australia’s ebullient wicket-keeper batsman Adam Gilchrist and India’s prolific opening batsman Sunil Gavaskar of 1970s and 80s were made Sir Donald Bradman honourees for 2010 at a glittering function at the SCG.
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With our Commonwealth Games wrestler Hassene Fkiri and cyclist Shane Perkins flipping off judges left and right, Libby Trickett has weighed into the argument declaring that a good old fashioned dummy spit is “un-Australian”.
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For the sake of this discussion, this definition excludes magnificent fast-medium performers Alan Davidson, Bob Massie, Max Walker, and Glenn McGrath, among others. Let me open with the prince among quickies, Ray Lindwall.
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A roll of Australia’s greatest Test pacemen would feature Dennis Lillee, Glenn McGrath, Ray Lindwall, Alan Davidson and Fred Spofforth. Slightly below them sit the likes of Craig McDermott, Jeff Thomson, Graham McKenzie, Jason Gillespie, and Brett Lee.
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A 1970s rivalry between two cricketing icons will be revived when Dennis Lillee coaches an All-Star team against an Australian XI in an exhibition match on November 22.
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