India will scale new heights under Chappell: Lillee

Published: Thursday, June 30, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Chennai:Lauding new Indian coach Greg Chappell's leadership abilities, former Australian speedster Dennis Lillee predicted dominant years for Indian cricket under his guidance.

"Greg has phenominal abilities in coaching and Indian cricket will have dominant years under him," Lillee, who was described by Chappell as one of the tough players whom he had handled while captaining the Australian side.

Lillee, who is in Chennai on his routine annual visit to the MRF Pace Foundation to select the Indian boys for training, said: "Greg had shown great leadership abilities as captain of the Australian team. No doubt that his cricketing experience will help India to be a dominant force in world cricket."

The legendary bowler, however, declined to respond when asked to give his comments on players like Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar. "I cannot comment on them."

As for the coming Ashes series between England and Australia, Lillee said "England look a well-knit team now and the series is going to be a close affair."

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