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Top 5 controversies in Ashes history

  • The epic rivalry filled with riveting contests has also seen its fair share of controversy.
Tanya Rudra
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Modified 20 Dec 2019, 14:04 IST

#4 Lillee ready for 'ComBat'

Dennis Lillee
Dennis Lillee had to part with his innovative bat when the umpires intervened

Australian speedster Dennis Lillee took intimidation to a whole new level as he walked out to the crease with an aluminium bat in tow during the 1979 WACA Test.

During those days, there were no rules set forth to determine what a bat should be made from. Lillee, who walked into the crease wielding an aluminium blade called 'ComBat', faced four deliveries with the controversial bat before the umpires intervened.

Ian Botham and England captain Mike Brearley complained to the umpires about the annoying sound. Subsequently, Australia skipper Greg Chappell urged Lillie to use the conventional piece of willow. After much debate, Lillie relinquished and hurled the metal bat beyond the boundary to show his displeasure at the decision.

Published 18 Nov 2017, 16:22 IST
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