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Old 4th December 2019, 18:29
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Sad to hear on the news today of the death of the cricket legend
Bob Willis. He passed away from cancer at the age of 70.
Played in county cricket for Surrey and Warwickshire.
I used to watch him as a Test Cricketer - Right hand fast bowler.
Had a great bowling technique as he roared in like an express train.
His best wicket take was in the Ashes series against Australia in 1981,
when he took 8 wickets for only 43 runs. What an achievement!!
Bob you will be greatly missed RIP.
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Old 4th December 2019, 18:52
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Going out to bat without a bat, world record not outs, sinuous run up and explosive delivery, grumpy old man on Sky. Great memories of a great player.
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Old 4th December 2019, 18:53
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Greatly underrated in my view.

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Old 5th December 2019, 00:18
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True legend in an era when the term is used about mere mortals. There is a saying that no one man wins a game on their own well Bob and Botham almost did in 81 at Headingly. I will never forget his 8 for 43 together with Botham's 140 odd to beat the Aussies and set up a 3-1 Ashes victory. Rest in Peace Dylan!
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Old 5th December 2019, 00:30
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Very sad to hear this.
In my opinion his 8-43 against the Aussies at Headingley in 81 is the best spell of genuine fast bowling by an English bowler Ive ever seen and only bettered overall by the majestic Holding at The Oval in 76.

His wonderfully morose post match interview with Peter West after the game was superb as well.

As some have said at times the only positive thing to come out of an England defeat was the chance to watch him analyse it later in the evening in his own inimitable manner.

His Diary of a Season books that he did in the late 70s/early 80s are highly recommended if you can find them.

RIP Bob you will be sorely missed.
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Old 5th December 2019, 19:01
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One of our greatest Test Cricketers, from a time when fast bowling was based on intimidation and sheer pace mixed with a fair amount of skill. Bob possessed all of these and wasn't afraid to use them. Who can ever forget his unique run up to the wicket, like a demented windmill in the words of one journalist, especially when he was bowling around the wicket to left handed batsmen?

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Our papers remind us that he brought fear to the hearts of many Kiwi batsmen over those years.

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