Ashes hero Bob Willis dies aged 70

Former England cricket captain Bob Willis has died. He was aged 70.

The fast bowler made his debut in 1971 and was a pivotal player for more than a decade.

He played in 90 Tests and 64 ODI’s.

He hung up his boots in 1984.

A Willis’ family statement read: “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 will always be known for his key role in winning the third Ashes Test at Headingly in 1981.

Although dubbed the “Botham Ashes”, it was Willis’ stunning 8 for 43 that secured one of Test cricket’s greatest victories.

Botham described Willis as a “tremendous trier, a great team-man and an inspiration – the only world-class fast bowler in my time as an England player.”

Willis is survived by his wife Lauren, daughter Katie, brother David and sister Ann.



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