Bob Willis, legendary England fast bowler, dies aged 70

England

Bob Willis, the former England captain and fast bowler who will be forever synonymous with England’s 1981 Ashes victory, has died at the age of 70 after a short battle with thyroid cancer.

Willis claimed 325 wickets in a 90-Test career that began on the Ashes tour in 1970-71. He retired in 1984 as England’s leading wicket-taker, a tally that was subsequently overhauled by his long-term team-mate Ian Botham, and more recently James Anderson and Stuart Broad.

After retirement, Willis went on to forge a career in the media, and was most recently an acerbic and popular pundit on Sky Sports’ post-match show, The Verdict.

Willis’ family said in a statement: “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.”

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

More to follow.

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