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Video: Dennis Lillee walking out to bat with an Aluminium Bat 

Video: Dennis Lillee walking out to bat with an Aluminium Bat

Former Australian Dennis Lillee will be remembered as one of the best fast bowler of all time. He has also involved in some controversial incidents that will go down in history. He will be most remembered for his infamous kick aimed at Pakistan’s Javed Miandad in 1981-82 for which Miandad threatened to hit Lillee with his bat.

One more controversial incident of Lillee is that during a Test match against England at the WACA, Perth in which Lillee walked in with an Aluminum bat in hand. The trouble came on the fourth ball of the second day when Lillee straight-drove Ian Botham for three runs. But Australian skipper Greg Chappell thought that the shot should have gone for four, and, blaming the metal bat, sent Rodney Hogg, the 12th man, out with two conventional bats for Lillee to use. As this was happening, English captain Mike Brearley complained to umpires Max O’Connell and Don Weser that the metallic bat was damaging the soft, leather cricket ball.

Although the umpires told Lillee he had to change his bat, Lillee instructed Hogg that he wasn’t going to, and assumed a posture to face the next delivery. Brearley, Lillee and the umpires held an animated discussion for almost ten minutes, before Chappell decided that the game would be held up if things continued. He emerged onto the ground, took one of the willow bats from Hogg, and instructed Lillee to be quiet and use the bat. Lillee threw his aluminium bat away in disgust and took the wooden bat. Here is an exclusive footage of that incident:

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