Former England cricket skipper Bob Willis dies aged 70


Bob Willis's long hair was a trademark for the England fast bowler and captain.

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Bob Willis’s lengthy hair was a trademark for the England quick bowler and captain.

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Former England captain and cricket pundit Bob Willis has died on the age of 70.

The quick bowler performed 90 exams for England and has been a well-liked determine in broadcasting since his retirement in 1984.

It’s understood Willis, who was identified with prostate most cancers three years in the past, had begun to deteriorate in well being over the past two months, with a latest scan revealing the most cancers had superior.

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Bob Willis, left, and David Gower chatting udring a recent test match at Edgbaston, Birmingham.

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Bob Willis, left, and David Gower chatting udring a latest take a look at match at Edgbaston, Birmingham.

Willis’ household stated in a press release: “We’re heartbroken to lose our beloved Bob, who was an unbelievable husband, father, brother and grandfather. He made a big impact on all people he knew and we’ll miss him terribly.

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

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

It’s understood Ian Botham went to see his former team-mate earlier this week, with fellow former England gamers John Lever and David Brown visiting on Wednesday earlier than Willis died.

Willis’ most well-known second as a participant got here within the 1981 Ashes collection as his eight for 43 fired England to a exceptional win within the third take a look at at Headingley.

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He’s England’s fourth highest wicket-taker of all time with 325 wickets.

Bob Willis was at the batting crease when New Zealand claimed their breakthrough test win against England at Wellington in 1978.

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Bob Willis was on the batting crease when New Zealand claimed their breakthrough take a look at win in opposition to England at Wellington in 1978.

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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.

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

Former England quick bowler Darren Gough stated Willis was “massively admired”.

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“As a participant he had an enormous coronary heart, he’d run in, practically 6ft 6ins, and hit the pitch exhausting. At his peak was probably the greatest three bowlers on the planet,” Gough stated on Talksport.

“He was massively admired all around the globe. All people knew who he was.

“In the event you simply noticed him on TV folks would possibly assume he is a bit straight, however in his firm over a glass of wine he would make you chuckle all night time.”

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The England and Wales Cricket Board stated that “cricket had misplaced an expensive buddy”.

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

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

“He’ll all the time be remembered for his excellent cricket profession, particularly his eight for 43 within the dramatic Headingley Take a look at victory over Australia in 1981.

“In later years as a broadcaster Bob was a perceptive and revered voice on the microphone. We’re without end grateful for the whole lot he has performed for the sport.

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