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Bob Willis, former England cricket captain, dies aged 70

Former England captain Bob Willis has died at the age of 70 after a short illness.

The fast bowler played in 90 Tests and 64 one-day internationals for England after his 1971 debut, retiring in 1984.

Finishing his Test career with 325 wickets, Willis currently stands at fourth on the all-time list of England wicket-takers behind James Anderson, Sir Ian Botham and Stuart Broad.

He played a vital role in the 1981 Ashes series – ‘Botham’s Ashes’ – when his aggressive bowling ended with in him taking 8-43 in the remarkable Headingley third Test.

Willis spent his later years as an ever-present on Sky Sports’ cricket coverage, becoming well-known for his strong opinions and passion for the state of the English game.


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