Former England cricket captain Bob Willis dies, aged 70


“Bob is survived by his spouse Lauren, daughter Katie, brother David and sister Ann.

Bob Willis, pictured in 1983.

Bob Willis, pictured in 1983.Credit score:PA

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“The Willis household requested for privateness presently to mourn the passing of an exquisite man and requests that in lieu of flowers, donations ought to be made to Prostate Most cancers UK.”

Willis, who completed his Check profession with 325 wickets regardless of bowling with ache from 1975 after surgical procedure on each knees, labored for Sky Sports activities as a cricket knowledgeable after his retirement.

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

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Willis’s aggressive efficiency within the 1981 Ashes collection in opposition to Australia, the place he took eight wickets for 43 runs within the third take a look at at Headingley, turned a part of cricket lore together with Botham’s match-saving batting.

Recognized for a long term up, the seamer was final yr named in England’s biggest Check XI by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).

Willis’ former county Surrey paid tribute on Twitter, saying: “All at Surrey County Cricket Membership are devastated to study of the passing of former Surrey and England bowler Bob Willis.

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“Our ideas are together with his household and buddies presently.”

Former England quick bowler Darren Gough mentioned Willis was “vastly admired”.

“As a participant he had a giant coronary heart, he’d run in, almost 6 foot 6 inches, and hit the pitch exhausting. At his peak was among the best three bowlers on the planet,” Gough mentioned on Talksport.

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“He was vastly admired all all over the world. All people knew who he was.

“If you happen to simply noticed him on TV folks may suppose he is a bit straight, however in his firm over a glass of wine he would make you chuckle all night time.”

The England and Wales Cricket Board mentioned that “cricket had misplaced an expensive pal”.

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“The ECB is deeply saddened to say farewell to Bob Willis, a legend of English cricket, on the age of 70,” an announcement learn.

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“Bob spearheaded the England bowling assault for greater than a decade and took 325 Check wickets.

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“He’ll all the time be remembered for his excellent cricket profession, specifically his eight for 43 within the dramatic Headingley Check victory over Australia in 1981.

“In later years as a broadcaster Bob was a perceptive and revered voice on the microphone. We’re endlessly grateful for all the things he has finished for the sport.

“Everybody on the ECB sends honest condolences to his household. Cricket has misplaced an expensive pal.”

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