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'At his peak he was one of the best three bowlers in the world': Cricket world reacts to sad news of Bob Willis' passing with tributes paid to a man 'who would make you laugh all night' Cricket reacted to the sad news of Bob Willis' passing on Wednesday afternoon  Darren Gough said he considered Willis to be one of the greatest ever bowlers  The England and Wales Cricket Board said that 'cricket has lost a dear friend'  England team director Ashley Giles focused on what a 'great man' he was  David Gower added he was 'very good company and a wine connoisseur' 

By Tom Farmery For Mailonline

Published: 16:41 GMT, 4 December 2019 | Updated: 17:00 GMT, 4 December 2019

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The cricketing world reacted to the sad news that former England captain and cricket pundit Bob Willis died on Wednesday.

The pace bowler played 90 Tests for England and was a popular figure in broadcasting and the wider sporting world.

Willis' most famous moment as a player came in the 1981 Ashes series as his eight for 43 fired England to a remarkable win in the third Test at Headingley.

The cricketing world reacted on Wednesday afternoon to the sad news of Bob Willis' passing

The cricketing world reacted on Wednesday afternoon to the sad news of Bob Willis' passing

He is England's fourth highest wicket-taker of all time with 325 wickets. Those who reacted to the news celebrated his achievements and paid tribute to his fruitful life and career.

Former England fast bowler Darren Gough said Willis was 'hugely admired'.

'As a player he had a big heart, he'd run in, nearly 6ft 6ins, and hit the pitch hard. At his peak was one of the best three bowlers in the world,' Gough said on talkSPORT. 

Darren Gough said he considered Willis to be in the top three bowlers ever at his peak

Darren Gough said he considered Willis to be in the top three bowlers ever at his peak

'He was hugely admired all around the world. Everybody knew who he was.

'If you just saw him on TV

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