Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Remembering Graham Dilley

I have reached an age where the sporting heroes of my boyhood are starting to appear in the obituaries column. But it was a shock to hear today that Graham Dilley had died - he was only a year older than I am.

Graham Dilley was tall, fast, blond and good looking. A sort of Stuart Broad of the 1980s. His Telegraph obituary says that his greatest hour was his batting with Ian Botham at Headingley in 1981, but I cannot agree.

Because Dilley spearheaded the attack when Mike Gatting's team retained the Ashes in Australia in 1986/7. We would not win another series in Australia for 25 years.

The video above shows England winning the first test in that series, with Dilley featuring prominently.

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