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My Cricket Inspiration...Andy Caddick on Dennis Lillee - Cricket World TV

Dennis Lillee in action
Dennis Lillee in action
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Former Somerset and England fast bowler Andy Caddick credits Australian legend Dennis Lillee with changing the way he bowled and putting him on course for a successful career.

Caddick grew up in New Zealand and was fortunate enough to attend clinics that Lillee ran, and there, everything changed for the better.

"I was brought up in New Zealand so they had clinics down there with Dennis Lillee," he recalls.

"He's the one who actually changed me from a big inswing bowler, a chest-on bowler, to a side-on bowler.

"Dennis was the one who instigated it and it's been there ever since."

Caddick headed from New Zealand to England where he played for Somerset between 1991 and 2009, earning 62 Test caps and playing in 54 One-Day Internationals.

The entirety of his first-class career was spent with Somerset and he played one Minor Counties match for Wiltshire in 2009.

After leaving New Zealand to play in England, Caddick had to wait to get his chance due to a four-year period of qualification.

However, having realised that England would give him the best chance of making a career in the game, he made the choice in the late 1980s and never looked back.

"(I came) from a New Zealand background which was very much amateur, having to work for my father in the building trade in the off-season.

"I decided that the best way to become a professional cricketer was to quality and play in the English county circuit and that's what I tried to do."

By the time he retired in 2009, he had taken 1,180 first-class wickets and 341 in one-day cricket, headed to the 2003 World Cup and helped Somerset win one-day and Twenty20 titles in 2001 and 2005 respectively.

He also took 13 five-wicket hauls in Test cricket.

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