Bob Willis      

Full name Robert George Dylan Willis

Born May 30, 1949, Sunderland, Co Durham

Current age 65 years 181 days

Major teams England, Northern Transvaal, Surrey, Warwickshire

Also known as birth registered as Robert George Willis

Nickname Goose, Dylan, Harold, Swordfish

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm fast

Other Commentator

Height 6 ft 6 in

Education Royal Grammar School, Guildford

Robert George Dylan Willis
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 90 128 55 840 28* 11.50 2574 32.63 0 0 79 1 39 0
ODIs 64 22 14 83 24 10.37 157 52.86 0 0 6 0 22 0
First-class 308 333 145 2690 72 14.30 0 2 134 0
List A 293 113 48 615 52* 9.46 0 1 84 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 90 165 17357 8190 325 8/43 9/92 25.20 2.83 53.4 12 16 0
ODIs 64 64 3595 1968 80 4/11 4/11 24.60 3.28 44.9 4 0 0
First-class 308 47986 22468 899 8/32 24.99 2.80 53.3 34 2
List A 293 14983 8497 421 7/32 7/32 20.18 3.40 35.5 14 4 0
Career statistics
Test debut Australia v England at Sydney, Jan 9-14, 1971 scorecard
Last Test England v West Indies at Leeds, Jul 12-16, 1984 scorecard
Test statistics
ODI debut England v West Indies at Leeds, Sep 5, 1973 scorecard
Last ODI England v West Indies at Lord's, Jun 4, 1984 scorecard
ODI statistics
First-class span 1969-1984
List A span 1969-1984
Profile

A case could be made that Bob Willis was the most courageous fast bowler who ever played for England. After operations on both knees in 1975, when he was 26, he seldom bowled without pain, and at one stage had to run five miles a day to build the strength to play at all. Yet through sheer willpower he sustained his career for nine more years, and emerged with 325 wickets from his 90 Tests. Fitting as it was the last game of any consequence he played should have been for England, it was cruel that the 1984 West Indian assault that proved his time had come took place at Headingley, scene of the his greatest triumph, the famous 8 for 43 that beat Australia in the Botham Test three years before.

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May 17, 2013

James Anderson is interviewed with fellow 300-club members Ian Botham and Bob Willis, England v New Zealand, 1st Investec Test, Lord's, 2nd day, May 17, 2013

James Anderson is interviewed with fellow 300-club members Ian Botham and Bob Willis

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May 10, 2011

David Gower, Ian Botham and Bob Willis arrive for the world premiere of <i>From the Ashes</i>, London, May 10, 2011

David Gower, Ian Botham and Bob Willis arrive for the world premiere of From the Ashes

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Jan 23, 2005

The BSkyB commentary team: David Gower, Nasser Hussain, Bob Willis, Ian Botham, South Africa, January 2005

The BSkyB commentary team: David Gower, Nasser Hussain, Bob Willis, Ian Botham

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Notes

Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1978

Series Results
England v Bangladesh at Birmingham - Jul 12, 2010
England won by 144 runs
England v Bangladesh at Bristol - Jul 10, 2010
Bangladesh won by 5 runs
England v Bangladesh at Nottingham - Jul 8, 2010
England won by 6 wickets (with 29 balls remaining)
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