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Bob Willis: English cricketer
Robert George Dylan Willis was an English cricketer, who played for Surrey, Warwickshire, Northern Transvaal and England. A right-handed and aggressive fast bowler with a notably long run-up, Willis spearheaded several England bowling attacks between 1971 and 1984, across 90 Test matches in which he took 325 wickets at 25.20 runs per wicket, at the time second only to Dennis Lillee. He is England's fourth leading wicket taker as of 2019, behind Jimmy Anderson, Ian Botham and Stuart Broad. Willis took 899 first-class wickets overall, although from 1975 onwards he bowled with constant pain, having had surgery on both knees. He nevertheless continued to find success, taking a Test career-best eight wickets for 43 runs in the 1981 Ashes series against Australia, one of the all-time best Test bowling performances. He was Wisden Cricketer of the Year for 1978.

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A 'phenomenal cricketer' who was admired around the world - tributes to former England captain Willis

Former England captain Bob Willis has been hailed as a "phenomenal" cricketer following his death at the age of 70.
BBC News - Published

Bob Willis: Tributes after former England cricket captain and Ashes hero dies

Former England captain Bob Willis has been hailed as a "phenomenal" cricketer following his death at the age of 70.
BBC News - Published

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Former England captain Bob Willis dies aged 70 [Video]Former England captain Bob Willis dies aged 70

Former England captain and cricket pundit Bob Willis has died at the age of 70. The pace bowler played 90 Tests for England and has been a popular figure in broadcasting since his retirement in 1984.

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Former England captain Willis dies, aged 70

Former England captain Bob Willis, who took 325 Test wickets, has died at the age of 70.
BBC News - Published

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