Bob WILLIS

Bob Willis - England - Brief biography of his International cricket career.

Photo/Foto: George Herringshaw

Date: 13 June 1976

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    • POSITION
      Right Arm Fast, Right Hand Bat
    • DATE OF BIRTH
      Monday, 30 May 1949
    • PLACE OF BIRTH
      Sunderland, England. Died 4th. December 2019 aged 70.
  • INTERNATIONAL
  • England
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Bob WILLIS - England - Brief biography of his International cricket career.

 

                                                                  (Part 1) 1971-1976.

  

With less than a full season of county cricket behind him Bob Willis was called to replace the injured Alan Ward on Ray Illingworth's 1970-71 Ashes tour of Australia, and soon drew attention to himself by claiming spectacular slip catches on his debut at Melbourne, taking 3-73 there and 3-58 in Sydney. He did not become the main England new ball bowler until a 1974-75 Ashes tour, when he took seven wickets in Brisbane and 5-61 in Melbourne. The delay was partly caused by his decision to switch from Surrey to Warwickshire. He was unable to play in the early months of the 1972 Ashes series as he became the last England cricketer to sit out a period of residential qualification for his new county. It took him some years to develop that long, straight run up which made him so effective, galloping to the wicket with his arm thrashing at his side, like a jockey urging on a racehorse. In 1973 he took 4-118 in his only Test as West Indies ran up 652-8, and he had a best of 3-97 on Mike Denness' West Indies tour of 1974. He played one Test against each of India and Pakistan in 1974. He missed the series against Australia in 1975 and the early Tests against the West Indies in 1976, returning at Headingley where he took 3-71 and 5-42. On the Indian tour of 1976-77 he took 5-27 in Calcutta and 6-53 in Bangalore. In 1972-73 he toured South Africa with the D.H.Robin's XI, under the captaincy of his Warwickshire teammate David Brown. He took 3-78 in the South African innings of the only unofficial Test in Johannesburg, dismissing Ali Bacher, Ken McEwan and Don Mackay-Coghill. (Bob Harragan)