Seeing Bob Willis tear in like a man possessed in Australia’s 2nd innings at Headingly 1981 was an iconic spell of fast bowling in Ashes history. Yes it was Botham’s Ashes, but that was for me Willis’ match and his finest hour.
Still gives me goose bumps watching and listening to it.
Sad, sad news. I used to love his honesty on the Verdict, it made the program watchable knowing when he'd come out with an on point of evisceration of a player or coach that the others wouldn't dare do. And a wonderful person in the real world too.
RIP - I will always remember the miracle of Headingly 1981 - Although Botham stole all the headlines with his beligerant century, people forget that the Aussies only needed 130 to win that, and there was still a lot of work to do to get the job done. But Bob Willis bowled like a man possessed to finish with an incredible 8-43.