Cricket Australia exit disappoints Lillee

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Former fast bowler Dennis Lillee has critcised Cricket Australia after resigning as a coaching consultant earlier this wee

Former fast bowler Dennis Lillee has critcised Cricket Australia after resigning as a coaching consultant earlier this week.

A report in <i>The Age<i> recently stated Lillee insisted on a raise in salary, but CA were not willing to oblige.

"I am disappointed that Cricket Australia has chosen to debate in the public arena the value of the services I have provided to Australian cricket, along with what should have been a sensible discussion about nominal reward for ongoing performance," Lillee told the Brisbane's <i>Courier-Mail</i>.

"My career and my support role in the recent Ashes success speak for themselves and I remain ready, willing and able to continue Australia's resurgence in the cricketing world."

The 64-year-old Lillee's positive influence was key to the resurgence of left-arm seamer Mitchell Johnson, who has clinched a resounding 59 wickets in eight matches since November 2013's recall to the Test XI.

"If my role and influence is to be assessed on any measure, perhaps the contribution to reinvigorating Johnson's career to becoming the best performing fast bowler in the world last year is a helpful yardstick,'' added Lillee.

"We had many, many hours of contact and continual work to achieve his amazing performances of the last 12 months. It must be obvious the difference between the Australian team in England and the fantastic Ashes success in Australia was largely due to Mitch's presence, confidence, technique and impact."

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