ICC cries the death of Bob Willis, calls him one of the greatest heroes of cricket

DUBAI: The International Cricket Council ( ICC ) Thursday condemned the death of the former England captain Bob Willis , calling him one of the greatest heroes of the sport.

Willis died aged 70 after battling prolonged illness in England. In a statement, ICC Chief Executive Manu Sawhney offered the world body's condolences.

We are extremely sad to hear of Bob's death and I would like to extend deep condolences to his family on behalf of the ICC, Sawhney said.

Bob was one of the greatest cricket heroes of his time, a respected fast bowler all over the world. He led England's bowling attack with aggression and the vision of him attacking the bowl is rooted in the minds of people who saw cricket in the 1970s and 80s, he added.

Willis finished his career in the 90-game test with 325 wickets.

... his part in the Headingly Test against Australia in 1981 is one of the most notable performances in cricket. He was also admired as an announcer in later years and his contribution to the game will be remembered for a long time, Sawhney said. said.

The fast bowler captained England in 18 events and 29 one-day internationals that took 325 wickets in 90 tests from 1971 to 1984.

Willis produced a devastating eight-for-43 best race in the third Test of the Ashes of 1981 at Headingley, which helped England to a famous victory over Australia.

England won the 3-1 series and Willis finished with 29 wickets with 22.96 in six games.

In domestic cricket, the Sunderland-born bowler began his career in Surrey, before spending 12 years in Warwickshire, ending with 899 wickets of 308 first-class games with an average of 24.99.