Former England captain and fast bowler Bob Willis passed away on Wednesday, aged 70 after a short illness. He represented England in 90 Tests and picked 325 wickets. Willis is the fourth-highest wicket-taker for England.
“We are heartbroken to lose our beloved Bob,” Willis’s family said in a statement.
Extending our sincere and heartfelt condolences to the family of Bob Willis. Bob was a hugely-respected cricketer and captain and was well-liked by Kiwis. To lose someone of his standing is an extremely sad occurrence – not only for @englandcricket but the global cricket family. pic.twitter.com/xJWmCRrSNj— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) December 4, 2019
He earned the nickname ‘Goose’ with his long run up and a sprint across 30 yards. Willis is survived by wife Lauren, daughter Katie, brother David and sister Ann.