Menace: The Autobiography Paperback – 4 May 2004
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A fascinating read from start to finish ... a thoroughly entertaining autobiography from one of the game's all-time greats (Birmingham Post)
The outspoken autobiography of the greatest fast bowler of all time - a truly great read for any cricket fanSee all Product Description
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Final part of the book is a bit tedious as he goes on a long list of comments on his contemporaries on the field of play with a fair bit of repetition about who he rated or otherwise. Gave up in the end.
Best parts are the tales of his battles with us Poms, especially the now infamous tale of the 500-1 bet at Headingly in 1981. Lillee wasn’t much impressed with Botham’s 149 that day, but was full of praise for Willis’s 8 second innings wickets. No doubt the fast bowlers union sticking together. One of the more interesting sections is his look at the Packer Affair and his part in it, which was bigger than I was aware of. Inevitably the tastier parts concern conflict and that’s dealt with in the aluminium bat affair and the trouble with Javed Miandad. The risks to his career such as the back injury that nearly finished it before it had really taken off is also interesting reading. We also have the obligatory stories of the goings on behind the scenes such as Rod Marsh’s attempt to break the boozing record during a flight to England and the eccentric ways of Doug Walters. Funnily enough (for an Aussie), Lillee doesn’t seem to be a big drinker.
Lillee doesn’t do a whitewash job though. If he feels something was wrong then he’ll say so, such as his reaction to Trevor Chappell’s underarm ball in a one-day game against New Zealand.
There are also plenty of insights into the Aussie mentality, especially how the Chappell brothers motivated him and others. Since being out of the public eye as a player Lillee has done a lot of work in India coaching fast bowlers and setting up a training system to encourage them.
Overall this is a solid, if not spectacular autobiography.Read more ›