In 1896 Lilley was the first Warwickshire "Brummie" to win an England cap and when his 35 Test career was finished in 1909 his 92 dismissals put him near the top of the tree.
An average of 2.63 dismissals per Test still looks good. For Warwickshire Lilley was automatic choice as 'keeper for more than 20 years, and when finally giving best to the young "Tiger" Smith remained a good enough batsman in his forties to be worth a place.
In all Lilley scored 12813 runs for his county, averaging 27.37, while his average of 2.36 dismissals per match is unbeaten by any Warwickshire 'keeper in a full career. He even found time to take 40 wickets with his right arm "hopefuls".