Topic Originator: OzPar
Date: Thu 5 Dec 01:53
The man responsible for one of the greatest afternoons in test cricket history, Bob Willis, has died aged 70.
I can remember as if it was yesterday watching on telly with rising excitement as he smashed the bails of a succession of Australian batsmen in one of the greatest matches of cricket ever - the third Ashes Test at Headingley in 1981. He took eight wickets for 43 runs to fire England to an 18-run victory; a game that had looked all but lost.
That series was rightly called the Botham's Ashes, in recognition of Ian Botham's heroic performances with bat and ball, but the miracle would not have been achieved without the terrorising bowling display of the great Bob Willis.