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England cricket legend Bob Willis dies aged 70

Former England captain Bob Willis has died at the age of 70  (Picture: Getty)

Former England captain Bob Willis has died aged 70 after a short illness.

Willis played 90 Tests and 64 one-day internationals for his country and was a mainstay in the England team for more than a decade after making his debut in 1971.

Following his retirement in 1984, the former fast bowler enjoyed a long career in broadcasting – mainly for Sky Sports.

Willis was a mainstay of England’s team during the 1970s (Picture: SilverHub)

Willis currently sits fourth in the all-time list of England wicket-takers behind James Anderson, Ian Botham and Stuart Broad.

In a statement, the Willis family said: ‘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.’

The former bowler finished his career with 325 Test wickets (Picture: PA)

The former England star is survived by his wife Lauren, daughter Katie, brother David and sister Ann. The Willis family has asked for donations to be made to Prostate Cancer UK.

Last year, Willis was named in England’s greatest Test XI, alongside the likes of Sir Alastair Cook, David Gower, Sir Ian Botham and Fred Trueman.

Willis produced arguably his greatest performance during ‘Botham’s Ashes’ in 1981, taking 8-43 at Headingley as England stunned Australia on their way to retaining the urn.

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