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'All-rounders will help Daredevils,' says Lillee
April 18, 2008 18:15 IST
Senior Advisor of Delhi Daredevils team, Dennis Lillee thinks the presence of a few all-rounders will stand the side in good stead in the Indian Premier League.
The Australian pace bowling legend was impressed with the team, which he believed had the signs of a good side.
"Successful teams have also been happy teams and this is a good beginning," he said.
Lillee said the Daredevils had advantage of having many capable all-rounders in the ranks.
"In my opinion, that's going to be a huge plus for the team," he said.
Explaining his role in the Daredevils side, Lillee said, "I would be more involved in an advisory role like picking future players and coaches and giving my inputs in everyway possible," he said.
Involved with the MRF pace academy in Chennai for the past 20 years and more recently with the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bangalore, this is Lillee's first stint with a domestic Indian cricket team.
Lillee said the impact of T20 cricket would be more on one-day cricket than Tests in the long run.
He said though Test cricket remained closest to his heart, he was excited about Twenty20 format of the game as it involved more skills.
He said he was among the first to embrace T20 cricket in Australia when even Cricket Australia was not serious about it.
He cited the instance when he, in his capacity as chairman of the Western Australian Cricket Association (WACA), took the initiative to organise the first ever T20 match in Australia between Western Australia and Victoria.
Asked why fast bowlers nowadays are more prone to injuries and frequent breakdowns, Lillee said it was because of the excessive workload.
"It is obviously due to too much cricket and cramped schedules," he said.
He explained that recovery times were less in between matches and "no player likes to miss a match to give others a chance".
The way forward, he said, would be for cricket administrators to device a workable rotation policy.