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    Bob Willis....RIP
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    A name few here will recognize but one of England's great sporting legends....one of the heroes of the famous 1981 Headingley Test..

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    A tidy little win for England that would have been very profitable to some!
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    Indeed...

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    Two Australians actually bet on England...

    The Test has gone down in history as "Botham's match" but one other incident has lingered long in the memory. Lillee and wicketkeeper Rod Marsh during the match placed a 10 bet with Ladbrokes backing England to win at the ripe odds of 500-1.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Conor Dary View Post
    Two Australians actually bet on England...

    The Test has gone down in history as "Botham's match" but one other incident has lingered long in the memory. Lillee and wicketkeeper Rod Marsh during the match placed a 10 bet with Ladbrokes backing England to win at the ripe odds of 500-1.

    https://www.smh.com.au/sport/cricket...21-gdouef.html
    Rod Marsh's brother was Graham Marsh, an excellent Australian golfer in the 1970s-80s, who played on the PGA Tour for a few years in the late 70s. Played with him a few times. He is not the answer to the question on another thread. Graham was a great guy.
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    I feel until we get an answer that trivia question is going to keep following me around...
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    Once you're down at Headingley, Bob Willis is still the king.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Conor Dary View Post
    Two Australians actually bet on England. Lillee and wicketkeeper Rod Marsh during the match placed a 10 bet with Ladbrokes backing England to win at the ripe odds of 500-1.
    May I assume they were permanently banned from the sport for that?!
    At least Pete Rose had the good sense to bet on his own team.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Atticus View Post
    May I assume they were permanently banned from the sport for that?!
    At least Pete Rose had the good sense to bet on his own team.
    Nope.... Both are still highly rated as cricket greats....especially Lillee...

    At Headingley on the 1981 tour of England, Australia was in such a strong position at one stage of the third Test that bookmakers at the ground were offering odds of 5001 against an England victory. These odds were flashed on the scoreboard during a break in the game and noticed by the Australian players. Lillee and Rod Marsh believed that the odds were so ludicrous that, via a third party, they each put a small wager on the outcome, later describing their actions as a "joke". Between them, they collected 7,500 pounds when England pulled off a comeback victory. Both men openly discussed the incident and received no official censure or sanction, although some criticised their actions. There has never been a suggestion that the bets compromised their efforts in the game. However, the issue has been re-examined in modern times following the match-fixing scandals that have plagued international cricket since the mid-1990s.


    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dennis_Lillee


    I didn't realize Lillee once tried using an aluminum bat....
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    Mind you ....there have been cricket scandals on match fixing....the most infamous Hansie Cronje, a marvelous player I once saw play in Nottingham.... a South African international cricketer and captain of the South African national cricket team in the 1990s. He was voted the 11th greatest South African in 2004 despite having been banned from cricket for life due to his role in a match-fixing scandal.


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