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Former England captain Bob Willis has died at the age of 70

West Indies captain Brian Lara tosses the coin as England captain Michael Vaughan and Bob Willis (as Sky TV Presenter) look on - 2004
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The former England, Surrey CCC and Warwickshire CCC fast bowler has died. He took 325 wickets for England, in 90 Tests from 1971 to 1984, with career-best bowling figures of 8-43, which led England to a famous win over Australia at Headingley in the 1981 Ashes.

He captained England in 18 Tests and 29 one-day internationals before his retirement from all forms of cricket in 1984.

He took 899 wickets from 308 first-class matches at an average of 24.99.

In a statement the Willis' family said he had died "after a long illness".

"We are heartbroken to lose our beloved Bob, who was an incredible husband, father, brother and grandfather," the statement continued.

"He made a huge impact on everybody he knew and we will miss him terribly."

The England and Wales Cricket Board said it was "deeply saddened to say farewell" to a "legend of English cricket".

"We are forever thankful for everything he has done for the game," it added. "Cricket has lost a dear friend."

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