Published: Sat, December 07, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

England cricket legend Bob Willis passes away

England cricket legend Bob Willis passes away

England captain Mike Brearley shares a joke with Bob Willis as Geoffrey Boycott and David Gower look on after England had beaten Australia in the 5th Test Match to regain the Ashes at Old Trafford in 1981.

Willis, known for his long, curving run-up and inspired spells of fast bowling, played in 90 tests and 64 one-day internationals from 1971 to 1984.

"We are heartbroken to lose our beloved Bob, who was an incredible husband, father, brother and grandfather", the family statement said.

Willis - who in 1965 added Dylan as a third name by deed poll due to his adoration of the American singer Bob Dylan - finished his Test career with 325 wickets, which puts him fourth on the all-time list of England wicket-takers behind James Anderson, Stuart Broad, and Botham.

128 - Only Botham (148) has more Test wickets for England against Australia than Willis (128).

At the time of Willis' worldwide retirement in 1984, only Australia paceman Dennis Lillee had taken more Test wickets than his superb total of 325.

Bob Willis, the former England cricket captain who became a leading broadcaster of the sport, has died.

"Such sad news regarding the legend Bob Willis", Gough said.

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We offer our condolences to Bob's family, friends and England cricket fraternity.

Incredibly sad to hear the news about Bob Willis.

Allott told Sky Sports News: "I was there when Bob passed away with Lauren his wife and daughter in Wimbledon this afternoon". We played together. He was my first vice-captain for England and he took me under his wing in India.

Former England fast bowler Darren Gough recalled the Headingley test.

It is understood Ian Botham went to see his former team-mate earlier this week, with fellow former England players John Lever and David Brown visiting on Wednesday before Willis died. At his peak was one of the best three bowlers in the world.

"Everyone at the European Central Bank sends honest condolences to his family. Love to all his close family and friends as well".

In domestic cricket, the Sunderland-born bowler started his career at Surrey, before spending 12 years at Warwickshire, finishing with 899 wickets from 308 first-class matches at an average of 24.99.

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