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England legend Bob Willis passes away aged 70

The former legend was known for his long run-up and unique action

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Former England legend pacer Bob Willis has passed away at the age of 70 after a short illness.

Willis represented England in 90 Tests and 64 One-day Internationals between 1971 and 1984.

“We are heartbroken to lose our beloved Bob, who was an incredible husband, father, brother and grandfather. He made a huge impact on everybody he knew and we will miss him terribly. Bob is survived by his wife Lauren, daughter Katie, brother David and sister Ann. The Willis family has asked for privacy at this time to mourn the passing of a wonderful man and requests that in lieu of flowers, donations should be made to Prostate Cancer UK," Willis' family was quoted as saying by The Guardian.

The pace legend claimed 325 wickets internationals in his 13-year Test career.

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Willis, who played for Surrey and Warwickshire in County cricket, led the England side in 18 Test matches.

"The ECB is deeply saddened to say farewell to Bob Willis, a legend of English cricket, at the age of 70. Bob spearheaded the England bowling attack for more than a decade and took 325 Test wickets. He will always be remembered for his outstanding cricket career, in particular his 8-43 in the dramatic Headingley Test victory over Australia in 1981. In later years as a broadcaster Bob was a perceptive and respected voice at the microphone. We are forever thankful for everything he has done for the game. Everyone at the ECB sends sincere condolences to his family. Cricket has lost a dear friend," the England and Wales Cricket Board said in a statement.

Willis gave a memorable performance against Australia in the 1981 Ashes series when he took 43 wickets including a spell of 8 for 43 at Headingley.

Willis was famously known for his long run-up and unique action.