Cricket

Lillee quits post over cash

2014-05-06 11:46
Dennis Lillee (AFP)

Sydney - Fast bowling mentor Dennis Lillee has parted ways with Cricket Australia after being refused a pay rise, officials said on Tuesday.

The former great was drafted in to provide guidance and coaching advice to the national side on a part-time basis last year and was instrumental in rejuvenating the career of Mitchell Johnson.

He was credited with fixing the quick's technical problems and boosting the confidence of a player who spearheaded Australia's 5-0 Ashes Test whitewash of England and then the 2-1 victory over South Africa.

Lillee also worked with Pat Cummins and all-rounder James Faulkner.

Cricket Australia said on its website on Tuesday that the two had failed to agree terms "after protracted negotiations".

"Unfortunately Dennis Lillee didn't accept Cricket Australia's offer to renew his contract," a spokesperson said.

"He is a great of the game and the door will always be open to him if he wants to return and be involved in any way."

In a radio interview in February, Lillee accused Cricket Australia of "quibbling over an increase" to his pay and made it clear he would "take a stance" if they did not meet his terms.

Lillee is regarded as one of cricket's greatest fast bowlers, claiming a then-record 355 Test wickets in 70 Tests for Australia.

His decision to walk away came after Cricket Australia this week extended the contract of Test fast bowling coach Craig McDermott until 2016.

Read more on:    cricket
NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

With the Absa Premiership in full swing, who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their title? Or can Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates or Bidvest Wits mount a serious challenge? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs
Vote

Assuming AB de Villiers is over his elbow injury, who should skipper the Proteas in their Boxing Day Test against Sri Lanka?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.