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Dennis Lillee to go online to coach fast bowlers

Australian pace legend Dennis Lillee will coach aspiring fast bowlers through an online programme to be launched next year, media reports said on Tuesday.

Lillee, who ran the MRF pace foundation in Chennai for 25 years before handing charge to compatriot Glenn McGrath this week, said he wanted to continue sharing his knowledge with young cricketers.

"I still want to keep my hands in coaching," the 63-year-old told PTI, adding that he would launch the "Dennis Lillee online coaching for fast bowlers" next April.

Dennis Lillee
Dennis Lillee.

"The software that I will use will help me analyse problems faced by a bowler after receiving images of his run-up, bowling action and delivery stride.

"Every small detail of the image will be examined and an analysis made, which will then be sent back to the bowler."

Lillee said a team of experts would help in the online project, which he plans to run as a business proposition. "It will not be free," he said. "I will be looking for sponsors to support the project."

Lillee said his website will be a state-of-the-art site with facilities to view images in slow motion with high definition set up.

"A lot of links are to be gathered before it actually happens, perhaps by April next year it will be launched. I have to select a band of coaches that I trust - good technical coaches," he said.

Asked whether he will be ready to coach young talents at age ten or so if they sought his advises, Lillee said: "May be if the boys have aptitude in them and really wants to take to fast bowling and if that could work on online too. It may not be direct but it could be string down to a computer man and we do some analysis and send them back to the boys."

Lillee, widely acclaimed as one of the finest fast bowlers to grace the game, claimed 355 wickets in 70 Tests at an average of 23.92 before ending his 13-year career in 1984.

He also took 103 wickets in 73 one-day internationals.

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