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Pick The Roar's greatest Ashes XI of all time: Dennis Lillee vs Terry Alderman

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17th April, 2020
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Two former teammates, but only one of them can make The Roar’s greatest Ashes XI of all time.

We’re getting ever-closer to finalising this side, with only two pace-bowling slots remaining. One of them is going to go to either Dennis Lillee or Terry Alderman, two quicks who terrorised England – albeit in slightly different ways.

Lillee came in behind only Glenn McGrath amongst fast bowlers in the first stage of voting, picked in some 64 per cent of teams. Alderman was one of two bowlers to finish on 19.4 per cent – you’ll find out who the other one was tomorrow – but finished a single vote shy to take the fifth seed and be pitted against his former teammate.

One of the greatest ever fast bowlers to play the game, it’s no surprise to see Lillee’s formidable record against England. Twenty-nine Test matches reaped 167 wickets at an average of 21 and strike-rate of 50.9. The Western Australian also missed an Ashes series while still in his prime due to World Series Cricket.

Alderman enjoyed an awful lot of success against England too, finding an unnatural ability to hit opposition batsmen dead in front while touring the UK. He took exactly 100 wickets in 17 Ashes matches – well over five per Test – and all at an average of 21.17 and strike-rate of 47.1.

Both bowlers then, it’s fair to say, thoroughly enjoyed going up against English batsmen, but we can only have one in the final XI. So who’s it to be: Dennis Lille or Terry Alderman?