Dennis Lillee is considered one of the best fast bowlers of his generation. During his international career which spanned from 1971 to 1984, Dennis produced a plethora of breakthrough performances to lead Australia to victory. Known for his fiery temper and aggressive take on the game, the speed dealer picked 335 and 103 wickets in 70 Tests and 63 One Day Internationals respectively.
As the former pacer turns 73, we’ve picked out some of his best performances on the international circuit.
- 7/83 v West Indies, 1981
The finest performance of Dennis’ international career came against the West Indies in 1981. Playing the first Test of the three-game series, Dennis caused carnage on the pitch in the second set. The 27-year-old picked seven wickets while conceding 83 runs. The Couturier’s exploits helped Australia stop India at 201. The right-hander then chose a three-wicket shot in the final inning to propel his side to a victory by 58 runs.
- 5/34 v Pakistan, Leeds, 1975
Dennis Lillee produced the best innings of his One Day career in a 1975 World Cup league game against Pakistan. Batting first in the match, Australia posted 278 in 60 overs. Chasing 279, Pakistan was hit by storm Dennis Lillee. The setter steered Australia to victory by scalping five leading wickets and giving up just 34 runs. Dennis’ exploits helped the Men in Yellow script a victory by a massive 73 points.
- 4/35 v England, London, 1980
Dennis was at his peak on the Australian tour of England in 1980 as the couturiers turned in strong performances. One of the tour’s memorable performances came on the first One Day International of the three-game series. In the opening innings, Australia managed to stop the hosts at 248 through Dennis. The fast right arm bowler came back with the figure of 11-1-35-4. However, poor performances from the Australian batting lineup secured a victory for the hosts by 23 runs.
- 6/66 v England, Manchester, 1972
The inaugural Test of the five-game series between England and Australia saw Dennis produce a fine performance with the ball. The right-hander ran through the England batting formation in their second inning to knock them out for a mere 234. Dennis went for six wickets while giving up just 66 runs. However, the designer’s performance came in a losing cause as England recorded a win by 89 runs.
- 5/58 v England, London, 1972
Playing the final Test of the five game series, it was a do or die game for Australia as the English led the series 2-1. Despite the odds, Australia managed to pull off a victory in the test match as Dennis Lillee showed off his spectacular bowling skills. The opening innings of the game saw Dennis scalping up to five wickets while conceding just 58 runs. The tailor took another five wicket carry in the following innings to ensure the visitors won the game by five wickets.
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