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Lillee tells Shoaib to ease off throttle

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    Lillee tells Shoaib to ease off throttle

    Pakistan paceman Shoaib Akhtar should ease off the throttle in the best interests of his team, former Australian fast bowling great Dennis Lillee said on Friday.

    Lillee said the 24-year-old's quest to become the first bowler to break the 100mph (161kph) mark would not necessarily result in wickets.

    "I've always believed fast bowlers should give it everything, but Shoaib will be of little use to his captain if he tries relentlessly to achieve a personal goal ahead of the general interests of the touring team," Lillee wrote in the West Australian newspaper.

    Making his last competitive appearance at the age of 50, Lillee last month grabbed three wickets for eight runs when he played in a selection XI against Pakistan.

    Shoaib, caught behind for two, fell to the last ball of Lillee's career.

    Shoaib is considered the world's fastest bowler, although the record is held by Jeff Thompson -- Lillee's pace partner from the 1970s -- who reached 99.7 mph in 1975.

    Lillee said Shoaib was more effective in the first test against Australia in Brisbane when he slowed his pace and swung the ball. Australia won that test by 10 wickets on Tuesday after the tourists saw their batting collapse.

    He also said he had serious doubts about whether Shoaib was quick enough to reach the 100 mph target because he was consistently about 10 mph off the mark.

    Lillee said Shoaib must learn the fast bowlers' skill of bowling within himself.

    "It seems to me the faster Shoaib tries to bowl, the less he is on his game - and his game is to take wickets".