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In pictures: Bob Willis’ career in cricket

The pace bowler played 90 Tests for England.

Bob Willis took 325 Test wickets (PA)
Bob Willis took 325 Test wickets (PA)

By PA Sport Staff

Former England cricket captain and pundit Bob Willis has died at the age of 70.

The pace bowler played 90 Tests for England, taking up a role in broadcasting with Sky Sports after his retirement in 1984.

Here, the PA news agency looks at his career in pictures.

Willis made his one-day international debut in a home series against the West Indies in 1973 (Nick Potts/PA)
Guyanan Clive Lloyd was one of Willis’ victims in that series, at Headingley (PA)
Willis (second from left) celebrates England’s third successive win over Australia that clinched the both the Test series and the Ashes in 1977 (PA)
Willis and Ian Botham formed a formidable Test bowling partnership for England (PA)
Willis and captain Botham at Heathrow airport before the England cricket party left for a three month tour of the West Indies in 1981 (PA)
Willis was renowned for his pace, his bounce and his hair (PA)
Australia’s Geoff Lawson is dismissed by Willis for five during the second Test of The 1981 Ashes (PA)
Willis’ most famous moment in an England shirt came as he claimed eight for 43 to lead his side to a sensational victory over Australia in the third Test of the 1981 Ashes at Headingley (PA)
Willis was lauded for his display at Headingley (PA)
Willis was a fearsome sight for batsmen as he thundered in from a notoriously long run up (PA)
Willis and Botham (left) both moved into commentary after retirement (Rui Vieira)
Willis (left), worked for the BBC and Sky Sports as a presenter and pundit (Rebecca Naden/PA)
He became a cult figure among cricket fans with his role on Sky’s ‘The Verdict’ and was on air during this summer’s Ashes series (Nick Potts/PA)



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