ICC Hall of Fame

Bob Willis
Inducted: 2021 | Career: 1971 - 1984


ENGUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

For 13 years, Bob Willis led England’s bowling attack, taking 325 Test and 80 ODI wickets in an international career that started in 1971 and ended in 1984. Willis is among the quickest to ever come out of England and was among the most intimidating of his generation.

Player Bio

Bob Willis terrorised opposition batsmen for England with his startling pace and aggression.

Among England’s fastest ever bowlers, Willis put operations on both knees as a 26-year-old behind him through sheer will and determination in an international career that garnered him 325 Test wickets at 25.20 and 80 ODI wickets at 24.60.

His most famous performance came at Headingley in the 1981 Ashes, taking 8/43 to bowl England to the most remarkable of victories. He was made captain the following year and skippered the nation 47 times across Test and ODI cricket.

Willis continued to contribute to the game after his playing days, becoming one of the sport’s most recognisable voices.

date of birth:
30 May 1949
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Date of debut:
9 Jan 1971