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Cricket world pays tribute to Bob Willis

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The former England bowler has died at the age of 70 after a long illness.
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Tributes poured in for Bob Willis after the former England bowler died at the age of 70.

Willis played 90 Tests for England and was a key figure in the remarkable Ashes victory in 1981, before going on to become a popular broadcaster after his retirement.

England team director Ashley Giles said: “Such sad news about Bob Willis, he was a great man”

Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen said: “Bob Willis was completely different off air, to the, ‘man off his long run’, on air! Very very funny man and loved life! He will be missed…! #RIPBob”

England paceman Stuart Broad posted: “Gutted to hear the news of Bob Willis passing. A lovely person with a great humour who was so proud of England cricket. Legend.”

Another Ashes-winning bowler, Matthew Hoggard, tweeted: “Just heard about Bob! Thoughts go to his family. You will be missed!! RIP”

Former West Indies batsman Sir Viv Richards said: “Such a sad time for cricket fans all around the world. Rest In Peace Bob. You shall be remembered forever for what you have done on the pitch! #BobWillis”

Broadcaster and former Middlesex player Simon Hughes praised Willis’ “lionhearted” bowling.

He wrote: “What incredibly sad news about Bob Willis. A lionhearted bowler, a brilliant pundit, hilarious story-teller and a loyal friend to so many. A major loss to our world. RIP”

England selector James Taylor wrote: “Awful to hear the passing of Bob Willis. I was lucky to work along side him not long ago with @SkyCricket! Brilliant cricketer, very knowledgeable and a lovely guy. #rip”

Willis’ family said he had died “after a long illness” in a statement released on Wednesday.

He is England’s fourth-highest wicket-taker in Tests, having claimed 325 scalps in his 13-year international career, behind James Anderson, Broad and Ian Botham.

Warwickshire, the county where he spent most of his playing career, tweeted: “Warwickshire CCC is deeply saddened to learn that former captain and fast bowler Bob Willis has passed away at the age of 70.

“The thoughts of all Bears are with his family and friends.”

Surrey, another of his former counties, tweeted: “All at Surrey County Cricket Club are devastated to learn of the passing of former Surrey and England bowler Bob Willis.

“Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.”

And the England and Wales Cricket Board said the sport had “lost a dear friend”.

From the world of football, former England striker Gary Lineker tweeted: “Saddened to hear that Bob Willis has died. One of our greatest fast bowlers. Met him on many occasions and he was always great company with a sense of humour that was as sharp as his bowling. #RIPBob”

And Stephen Fry, the actor, writer and cricket fan, said: “Oh no, not Bob Willis… what joy he gave, and what a marvellous man. That 8 for 43. Used to lunch with him occasionally to talk cricket, Wagner and Bob Dylan, his three great passions.”

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1Liverpool21201050143661
2Manchester CityMan City23153564273748
3Leicester CityLeicester22143547212645
4Chelsea2312383930939
5Manchester UnitedMan Utd2297636251134
6Wolverhampton WanderersWolves2381053430434
7Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd238962522333
8Tottenham HotspurSpurs238783631531
9Crystal Palace237972226-430
10Arsenal2361163032-229
11Everton2385102633-729
12Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2385102234-1229
13Southampton2384112942-1328
14Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2367102631-525
15Burnley2273122437-1324
16West Ham UnitedWest Ham2265112634-823
17Watford2358102034-1423
18Aston Villa2364132944-1522
19Bournemouth2355132036-1620
20Norwich CityNorwich2345142345-2217
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