Legendary England pace bowler Bob Willis' passing at the age of 70 had the cricketing world in mourning.
Incredibly sad to hear the news about Bob Willis. He was a true great, generous in sharing his knowledge about the game and a lovely man. RIP Bob x pic.twitter.com/HYJbLlQJRZ— James Anderson (@jimmy9) December 4, 2019
Gutted to hear the news of Bob Willis passing. A lovely person with a great humour who was so proud of England cricket. Legend.pic.twitter.com/g4AQcnRK4n— Stuart Broad (@StuartBroad8) December 4, 2019
Willis' magnum opus, his 8 for 43 in the 1981 Headingley Test, was recalled with great fondness.
Such sad news regarding the legend Bob Willis— Darren Gough (@DGoughie) December 4, 2019
An icon of the game I love,growing up as an 11 year old watching big Bob running down the hill 8/43 at the home of cricket Headingley
I'll miss you Bob
A glass of red will be raised tonight
Rivals and mates alike joined in in paying tribute.
Just saw the news on Bob Willis and very sad indeed. Had the pleasure of working with him for @SkyCricket and off air I just loved listening to his great stories on how they played the game back in the day. RIP Great man#onceabearalwaysabear— Allan Donald (@AllanDonald33) December 4, 2019
Waking to the sad news of the passing of the great Bob Willis. Red wine and story time Smithy's will never be forgotten Bob. Wonderful man to work with and one champion of a bowler. RIP #BobWillis Thoughts with Lauren and the family..— Simon Doull (@Sdoull) December 4, 2019
Had the absolute pleasure of spending time with Bob Willis over the years. A lovely man.— Jason Gillespie (@dizzy259) December 4, 2019
A very sad day. Deepest sympathies to all his family and friends.
And it wasn't just cricketers, nor just sportspersons. Everyone had a Bob Willis memory to share.
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.— Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) December 4, 2019
RIP Bob Willis never imagined when I was growing up watching him destroy the Aussies in 1981 that many years later he'd teach me how to play bridge in a Spanish golf clubhouse after torrential rain had cancelled our round! Absolute gent and thoughts with his family— Matt Le Tissier (@mattletiss7) December 4, 2019