ICC News: ECB Chief Executive David Collier today paid tribute to the former England fast bowler Graham Dilley who has died aged 52 after a short illness.
The former Kent and Worcestershire bowler played 41 Test Matches and 36 One-Day Internationals for England during a ten year international career which encompassed two Ashes wins in 1981 and 1986-87. One of the quickest bowlers of his generation, he took 138 Test wickets at 29.78 for his country but his best remembered contribution to the England cause came with the bat – supporting Ian Botham in a 117-run partnership which helped England to a famous Ashes Test win over Australia at Headingley in 1981.
After retiring, he moved into coaching and enjoyed spells as an Assistant Coach with the England Men’s team and Bowling Coach to the England Women’s team before taking up a position as Head Cricket Coach at Loughborough University.
ECB Chief Executive David Collier said: “Graham made a life-long contribution to the game of cricket at all levels and we are deeply saddened by the sad news this morning. He will be fondly remembered for his contributions both as a player and a coach. “Graham inspired many young cricketers through the University programme and was a highly respected coach to our representative teams.
Few will forget his contribution during the historic Ashes win at Headingley in 1981 and the part he played in two Ashes series victories. Graham will be sadly missed by all his friends throughout cricket and ECB sends our deepest condolences to Graham’s family. “
ECB Managing Director – England Cricket Hugh Morris said: “This is very sad news for Graham’s many friends and colleagues in cricket both in this country and overseas. As well as being a bowler of the highest class, Graham made an immense contribution to our game as a coach and his ability to impart his knowledge and wisdom to future generations of young cricketers will be sorely missed. “