England to honour Bob Willis by wearing black armbands during first Test in South Africa
England players may wear black armbands during their tour of South Africa in honour of former bowler Bob Willis’ first Test.
Willis, who captained England before turning to punditry, spending more than 20 years with Sky Sports, following retirement in 1984, died last week in age 70.
The England and Wales Cricket Board announced its plans this month to pay tribute in SuperSport Park in Centurion to England’s fourth-highest wicket-taker of time.
An ECB spokesperson said:”The team will wear black armbands in the first Test in South Africa as a tribute to Bob Willis.”
The first Test starts on Boxing Day as part of a four-match series against the Proteas, followed closely by three star internationals and three T20 clashes.
See England’s tour of South Africa live on Sky Sports Cricket. Coverage in Centurion, of the first Test, gets under way from 7am on Boxing Day.