Thursday, October 06, 2011

Graham Dilley breathed last at age 52

It seems that England cricket fans are shocked and sad to hear the death news of Graham Dilley. The former English fast bowler died on 5 October 2011 at the age of 52 after a short illness.

In his 10-year international career, he played 41 Tests and 36 one-day international matches for England. He took 138 wickets in Test and 48 wickets in ODI. He also played first-class cricket for Kent and Worcestershire. He was considered as one of the fastest bowlers of his generation.

He was part of the two Ashes series wins against Australia in 1981 and 1987. However, fans will remember him for his heroic effort alongside Ian Botham and Bob Willis in the 1981 Ashes Test at Headingley.

He made 117 runs partnership with Ian Botham for the eight-wicket stand in the second innings and helped England to make a turn around to win the match by 18 runs. He scored 56 runs while Botham remained not out on 149.

All his life, he was involved with cricket game. After taking retirement as a player, he involved himself on several coaching roles. He was assistant coach in England men’s team and bowling coach in women’s national team. After that, he became head coach at Loughborough University

Contemporary players of his time paid tribute to him.