Lillee plotted Aus downfall in Perth
India's bowling coach Venkatesh Prasad reveals Dennis Lillee's information about the wind at the WACA ground helped the Indian seamers to down the Aussies.cricket Updated: Jan 21, 2008 13:32 IST
Ricky Ponting and his men probably have a fellow Australian, Dennis Lillee, to blame for their stunning defeat against India in the Perth Test.
As revealed by India's bowling coach Venkatesh Prasad, Lillee agreed to provide crucial information about the wind at the WACA ground, which helped the Indian seamers come up with an extraordinary display of swing bowling to mow down the Australian batting line-up.
"He told me about the winds and how to use them," Prasad was quoted as saying in Herald Sun.
"I worked under Dennis (at the MRF pace foundation in India) and he is a very, very good friend of mine," he said.
India's seemingly innocuous attack made the most of the Fremantle Doctor that blew across WACA and stole the thunder from Australia's much-vaunted all-pace attack.
Prasad, however, asserted that Lillee only provided the inputs and it was his wards who actually put it to good use.
"Dennis told me about the winds but our pace bowlers had to go out there and do the job" he said.