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The man who put Imran in reverse gear

For our new book, The Cricketer Anthology of the Ashes, editor Simon Hughes picked an all-time XI from the time the magazine was launched in 1921. His pick to open the bowling (and bat at No.10) was the incomparable Dennis Lillee

Ask any batsmen from the 1970s which bowler they least liked to face and the answer would be Dennis Lillee. Joel Garner was harder to score off, Colin Croft more physically dangerous, Jeff Thomson was faster, Michael Holding more slippery. But none of them had Lillee’s sheer wickettaking mastery in all conditions. Lillee had a permanent killer instinct. Lillee was the Terminator.

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