Former England Cricketer Bob Willis dies aged 70

Former England cricketer and commentator Bob Willis has died today (4 December 2019) aged 70.

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Bob Willis: Credit Lords Cricket

Born Robert George Dylan Willis was born in Sunderland, Country Durham, he grew up with his brother and father who is believed to have worked for the BBC.

It is believed Bob added ‘Dylan’ to his name by deedpole after the rocker Bob Dylan.

Willis was educated at Surrey Grammar School in Guildford.

His debut for in county cricket came when he accepted an invitation to a game for Middlesex he also played for Surrey when he was 19-years-old.

Willis career in criket was incredible with the list of games and teams he had played for that could go on for pages, he started his England journey touring Australia in 1970.

He ended his cricket career with 325 test wickets Willis also holds the record the most test wickets for a single haul in a match.

After his amazing cricket career was over he went into commentry and with Sky in 1985. Willis then joined the BBC in 1989/90

Bob Willis died aged 70 after a short illness.

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