Articles about Bob Willis

Robert George Dylan Willis was an English right-arm fast bowler and one of the leading wicket-takers in England cricket’s history. He was born on May 30, 1949. In 1965, he added Dylan as his third name to honor famous American singer Bob Dylan. Willis made his debut in international cricket in 1971 in the Test series against Australia. Between 1971 and 1984, Willis played 90 test matches and took 325 wickets, with a bowling average of 25.20. Apart from being a prolific Test player, Willis also earned prominence with his One Day International performances. He made his ODI debut in the year 1973 against West Indies. Between 1973 and 1984, he played 64 ODI matches and took 80 wickets. Between June 1982 and March 1984, Willis was the captain of the England cricket team. Under his captaincy, the team played 18 Test matches and 28 ODI matches, out of which England won seven Test matches, lost five Test matches, and won 16 ODIs. Willis was also associated with Surrey County Cricket Club, Marylebone Cricket Club, Warwickshire County Cricket Club, and Northern Transvaal Cricket Club in domestic cricket. In 1975, he suffered a major knee injury and had to undergo several surgeries. In 1978, he was named Wisden Cricketer of the Year. He retired from international cricket in 1984. From 1985 until a few months before his death, Willis was associated with Sky Sports as a commentator. He passed away on December 4, 2019, at the age of 70 years after a prolonged illness. In 2020, the Bob Willis Trophy was announced. In 2021, he was inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame.

16 Oct 2020

Cricket News
County Championship set to return in 2021 with new format

The traditional County Cricket Championship will return in 2021 in a revised structure.

Ian Bell misses out on hundred in final First-class innings

England batsman Ian Bell staged a near-perfect appearance in his final First-class match.

Alastair Cook reaches 24,000 runs in First-class cricket

Former England captain Alastair Cook, on Monday, completed 24,000 runs in First-class cricket.

Mohammad Hafeez under self-isolation after breaching bio-security protocol

Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez has been told to isolate after breaching bio-security protocols.

31 Jul 2020

England Cricket Team
Bob Willis Trophy: County cricket returns with new red-ball competition

County cricket is set to commence on August 1, in a customized format.

Stuart Broad's memorable milestones in Test cricket

All the years of gruelling drills finally paid off when Stuart Broad registered his 500th Test scalp in the third Test against West Indies.

James Anderson vs Stuart Broad: Statistical comparison

James Anderson and Stuart Broad have led the baton of England's bowling line-up for years.

01 Jun 2020

England Cricket Team
#NewsBytesExplainer: Has Stuart Broad emerged out of Anderson's shadow?

England pace spearhead Stuart Broad has been faring well in Test cricket of late.

05 Dec 2019

England Cricket Team
Former England captain Bob Willis passes away aged 70

Former England cricket team captain Bob Willis passed away at the age of 70 on Wednesday.

02 Sep 2019

Remember these brilliant match-winning bowling spells in Test cricket?

Test cricket is considered to be the best and purest form of cricket.

02 Sep 2019

Remember these top fourth innings knock in Test cricket?

Test cricket is the most gruelling format, but what makes it exciting is the willingness to fight until the fourth innings.

26 Jun 2019

India vs West Indies: Statistical preview, pitch report and head-to-head

High-flying India face West Indies in match number 34 of the ICC World Cup 2019 on Thursday.

WI vs NZ: Statistical preview, pitch report and head-to-head

Lacklustre West Indies take on high-flying West Indies in match number 29 of the ICC World Cup 2019.

15 Jun 2019

India vs Pakistan: Statistical preview, pitch report and timing

India and Pakistan gear up for the biggest game of the ICC World Cup 2019 on Sunday at Old Trafford in Manchester.

Ex-English cricketer doesn't want Kohli to play county, here's why!

Former England fast bowler Bob Willis is against the idea of overseas players playing county cricket.