Bob Willis, former England cricket captain, has died, aged 70


Former England cricket captain Bob Willis has died, aged 70.

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

Following his retirement in 1984, he then went on to enjoy a long career in broadcasting, working for the likes of Sky Sports.

Willis' family said in a statement, per Sky Sports: "We are heartbroken to lose our beloved Bob, who was an incredible husband, father, brother and grandfather.

"He made a huge impact on everybody he knew and we will miss him terribly."

Willis, a cricket legend, is best known for his famous spell of bowling in the 1981 Ashes at Headingley.

He ended the test match, which has been dubbed 'The Miracle of Headingley' with bowling figures of 8-43. 

Willis is England's fourth highest wicket taker in test matches with 325.

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Tributes have been pouring in for Willis from across the sporting world.

Gary Lineker wrote: "Saddened to hear that Bob Willis has died. One of our greatest fast bowlers. Met him on many occasions and he was always great company with a sense of humour that was as sharp as his bowling. #RIPBob."

Nasser Hussain dedicated a column in the Daily Mail to him. It concluded: "There will not be many who came across Bob Willis without liking him.

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"He had the time of day for everyone, whoever they were, and he never took himself too seriously. Those who knew him will not have a bad word to say about him and that is the perfect tribute.

"He was a great cricketer but more importantly he was an even better bloke who will be missed by the whole cricketing world."

Ashley Giles simply said: "Such sad news about Bob Willis, he was a great man."

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