Ian Botham. From the days when you could still be a buccaneer and play at the highest level.

Sir Ian Botham - pictured here in 1981 smoking a cigar before his match-winning 149 not out during the third Test against Australia at Headingley - said he now only plays cricket

Remembering Malcolm. On this day in 1999 legendary Windies fast bowler Malcolm Marshall died at the age of 41. He was one of the greatest bowlers the world has ever seen.

On this day in 1999 legendary Windies fast bowler Malcolm Marshall died at the age of He was one of the greatest bowlers the world has ever seen.

Allan Border - often a sole shining light throughout the dark days of 1980's Australian cricket.

Allan Border - often a sole shining light throughout the dark days of Australian cricket.

The inimitable Dennis Lillee was Australia's premier fast bowler throughout the 1970s and into the early 1980s. In 1970/71, he allegedly gave an interview on the BBC where he talked of aiming deliveries at the batsmen, preferring a spot just below the heart. A nice bloke in reality, he became a favourite with English spectators, too, and was Australia's leading wicket-taker with 355 wickets, until the advent of Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne.

The inimitable Dennis Lillee was Australia's premier fast bowler throughout the 1970s and into the early 1980s. In 1970/71, he allegedly gave an interview on the BBC where he talked of aiming deliveries at the batsmen, preferring a spot just below the heart. A nice bloke in reality, he became a favourite with English spectators, too, and was Australia's leading wicket-taker with 355 wickets, until the advent of Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne.

Rod Marsh, Greg Chappell & Dennis Lillee. Those were the days I enjoyed watching Cricket.

Rod Marsh, Greg Chappell & Dennis Lillie, not pictured Greg Chappell's beer aenima.

Richie Benaud dies - aged 84: all the latest reaction - Telegraph

Richie Benaud dies - aged 84: sport pays tribute

Richie Benaud dies - aged all the latest reaction - Telegraph

David Boon (Australia.) 7 Ashes centuries.

David Boon (Australia.) 7 Ashes centuries.

Viv Richards at Lord's at the start of the 1976 tour

The very talented and totally C O O L Viv Richards, a legend in cricket

Thommo b 1950 Cricketing Hall of Fame

Thommo b 1950 Cricketing Hall of Fame

Superb side on action, searing pace and well disguised "leg-spin" slower ball, with raw old school grit, Dennis Lillee was the complete package as a fast bowler.

WA fast bowling great Dennis Lillee has hit back at claims from Tony Greig that he was a "bit of a fairy" asking "Tony who?

Alan Border http://topnews.in/sports/files/Allan_Border_300_1.jpg

Alan Border http://topnews.in/sports/files/Allan_Border_300_1.jpg

Mark Taylor 334. Australia v Pakistan at Arbab Niaz Stadium, Peshawar in October…

Mark Taylor Australia v Pakistan at Arbab Niaz Stadium, Peshawar in…

Jeff Thomson - Australia. 200 wickets.

Jeff Thomson in his pomp in the mid A compelling role model at the time for a tyro quickie like myself - even when I tried to copy his slinging action and the ball ended up for four wides in the direction of cover point!

Merv Hughes - big fast bowler - cult hero in Australia late 1980's early '90s

Merv Hughes - big fast bowler - Australian cricket team in the

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