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Remembering Bob Willis' iconic Ashes spell

Remembering Bob Willis' iconic Ashes spell

England fast bowling legend Bob Willis passed away on Wednesday, December 4 at the age of 70. The former England captain leaves behind an unparalleled legacy of high-quality fast bowling talent that helped him end as his country’s fourth-highest leading wicket-taker of all time.

The hallmark of Willis’ illustrious career spanning 90 Test matches was his stunning spell of 8-43 in England’s remarkable come-from-behind win in the famous Ashes Test at Headingley in 1981. 

The match remembered for Sir Ian Botham’s match-winning ton in the second innings while England was following on, also saw Willis deliver one of the most memorable spells in the history of cricket.

Australia needed only 130 runs for victory in the fourth innings but were steamrolled by a rampant Willis charging in and knocking the visitors one batsman after another. He finished with a career-best eight wickets and fittingly took the last wicket to fall to complete an astonishing 18-run win.