Dennis Lillee is a former Australian fast bowler who was regarded as the best at what he did in his respective era. Lillee first made his debut for Australia in the 1970-71 Ashes series and there was no looking back for him ever since. Lille terrorized batsmen with his sheer pace, bounce and wicket-taking ability. The fast bowler announced his retirement in 1982, where he then shifted his focus into the coaching department. Dennis Lille was also one of the leading men in charge of the famous MRF Pace Foundation in Chennai.
Name: Dennis Keith Lillee
Born: July 18, 1949
Dennis Lillee Age: 70 Years Old
Height: 6 ft 0 in
Role: Right-arm fast bowler, Right arm handed batsman, Cricket Coach
Zodiac Sign: Cancer
Father: Kieth Lillee
Mother: Shirley Lille
Dennis Lillee Wife: Helen Lillee
Dennis Lillee Son: Adam Lillee (cricketer), Dean Lillee
Test- January 29, 1971 versus England
ODI- August 24, 1972 versus England
Last Test- January 2, 1984 versus Pakistan
Last ODI- August 24 1983 versus West Indies
Australia, Western Australia, Tasmania, Northamptonshire
Tests – Dennis Lille scalped 355 wickets from 70 Test matches while playing for Australia.
ODI – Lille also featured in 63 One Day Internationals (ODIs) where he picked 103 wickets for the Aussies.
Denis Lillee was the first-ever bowler to take 350 wickets in Test match cricket.
Lillee was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame on December 17, 2009.
Denis Lille was one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 1973.
Lillee was also awarded the Australian Sports Medal in 2000.
It was during a Test match between Australia and England, Lillee was batting with a bat manufactured through aluminium. While batting, Lillee struck a ball which went for three runs instead of four.
Australian skipper Greg Chappell then instructed one of his players to hand him over a wooden bat. As a result of that, the English captain Mike Brearley also complained to the umpires about not the practice is unethical.
Lillee was reluctant to change the bat, but then ultimately went for the wooden bat. After the game, a rule was made that only wooden bats can be used while batting.
Lillee was made the president of Western Australia Cricket Association in 2005.
He was also selected in the Australian Test Team of the Century.
He was made the Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 1981.