LILLEE & THOMMO

THE DEADLY PAIR’ S REIGN OF TERROR BY IAN B RAY SHAW, HARD IE GRANT ,“§.

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The men­tion of the old firm still sends a shiver into English fans, which is not un­wel­come ahead of an­other Ashes series. If the fast bowler is an his­toric em­blem of Aussie mas­culin­ity, from Spof­forth on down, con­sider the pair­ing of Den­nis Lillee and Jeff Thomson as its high­est form – one whose fear fac­tor lasts into the present day. This book gets into the de­tail of Lillee and Thommo’s dou­ble act, and the best as­pect of it is the crick­et­ing con­tem­po­raries that speak to Brayshaw, him­self a player of note. We hear from their team-mates; more in­ter­est­ing are the op­po­nents, in­clud­ing those poor English­men at the other end such as Den­nis Amiss.

The other in­ter­est­ing as­pect of the book: Lillee and Thomson, who played a to­tal of 120 Tests for Australia, were only to­gether for 26 of them (an­other five, if count­ing World Series). As gru­elling as fast bowl­ing can be, there were reg­u­lar pe­ri­ods when ei­ther was out of the side. But that, per­haps, is the telling thing about the gen­uine fear they cre­ated – it was big­ger in the imag­i­na­tion than any set of records.

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