Dick Lilley

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Dick Lilley
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Personal information
Born28 November 1866
Holloway Head, Warwickshire, England
Died17 November 1929 (aged 62)
Sandy Park, Bristol, England
BowlingRight-arm medium
International information
National side
Test debut22 June 1896 v  Australia
Last Test9 August 1909 v  Australia
Career statistics
Competition Tests First-class
Runs scored90315,597
Batting average 20.5226.30
Top score84171
Balls bowled252,324
Wickets 141
Bowling average 23.0036.21
5 wickets in innings 01
10 wickets in match00
Best bowling1/236/46
Catches/stumpings 70/22715/196

Arthur Frederick Augustus "Dick" Lilley (28 November 1866 – 17 November 1929) was an English cricketer who played in 35 Tests from 1896 to 1909, [1] more than any other England wicket-keeper in the first sixty years of Test cricket.

Cricket Team sport played with bats and balls

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The conservative cricket establishment of the time was not effusive in its appreciation of this great keeper mainly because he broke with the tradition of standing up to the faster bowlers as was practised by all the great keepers till then.[ citation needed ] He did so on the advice of W. G. Grace who, on seeing him standing up to Tom Richardson, the legendary England fast bowler, suggested that he would "do better by standing back", which Lilley did for the rest of his career.[ citation needed ]

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He was renowned for his cricketing knowledge, and advised English captains. However, he once started to set the field without consulting his county skipper, Frank Foster, 23 years his junior, who told him there and then to mind his own business. Foster later advised the Warwickshire committee to drop him.[ citation needed ] Lilley last played for Warwickshire in July 1911, and the county went on to win the championship that year.

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  1. Dick Lilley. ESPN Cricinfo