England to pay tribute to Willis


England players will wear black armbands during the first Test of their tour of South Africa in honour of former bowler Bob Willis.

Willis, who captained England before turning to punditry after retirement in 1984, died last week at the age of 70.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced it’s plans to pay tribute to England’s fourth highest wicket-taker of all time in Centurion later this month.

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 begins on Boxing Day as part of a four-match series against the Proteas, followed by three ODI and three T20I clashes.

England squad:

Joe Root (captain), James Anderson, Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Zak Crawley, Sam Curran, Joe Denly, Jack Leach, Matthew Parkinson, Ollie Pope, Dominic Sibley, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood

England Test tour of South Africa 2019/20:

December 17/18: Two-day warm-up match v South Africa Invitational XI – Willowmoore Park, Benoni

December 20-22: Three-day first-class match v South Africa ‘A’ – Willowmoore Park, Benoni

December 26-30: 1st Test – SuperSport Park, Centurion

January 3-7: 2nd Test – Newlands, Cape Town

January 16-20: 3rd Test – St George’s Park, Port Elizabeth

January 24-28: 4th Test – Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg