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From The Cricketer Archive

In his diary of the 1975 season,

Tony Lewis singles out Dennis Lillee: Lillee is a man who would be in any side in the world. Apart from the enormous courage involved in his fightback to fitness after those stress fractures of the spine, he has other qualities. He is aggressive, physically and verbally, which is absolutely essential in the fastbowling game: he can take ‘stick’, as he did in the Prudential [1975 World Cup] competition against the West Indians, and come back snorting fire. Yet he has learnt the true art of bowling which lifts him far above the ordinary. Variation of pace, length and line are all under his control. His presence has made the Australian side of_1975 a_emorable one.

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