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Former England captain Willis dead at 70

  • Published at 10:51 pm December 4th, 2019
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Bob Willis

The fast-bowler played in 90 Test matches and 64 one-day internationals for England over more than a decade after his debut in 1971, retiring in 1984

 Former England cricket captain and 1981 Ashes hero Bob Willis has died aged 70 after a short illness, his family said in a statement Wednesday.

The fast-bowler played in 90 Test matches and 64 one-day internationals for England over more than a decade after his debut in 1971, retiring in 1984.

Willis, who finished his Test career with 325 wickets despite bowling with pain from 1975 after surgery on both knees, worked for the broadcaster as a cricket expert after his retirement.

He remains fourth on the all-time list of England wicket takers after Jimmy Anderson, Stuart Broad and Sir Ian Botham.

Willis's aggressive performance in the 1981 Ashes series against Australia, where he took eight wickets for 43 runs in the third Test at Headingley, became part of cricket lore along with Botham's match-saving batting.

Known for a long run up, the seamer was last year named in England's greatest Test XI by the England and Wales Cricket Board.