He captained England in 18 Tests and 29 one-day internationals before his retirement from all forms of cricket in 1984. In a statement, Willis’ family said he had died “after a long illness”. “We are heartbroken to lose our beloved Bob, who was an incredible husband, father, brother and grandfather,” the statement continued. “He made a huge impact on everybody he knew and we will miss him terribly.” Willis subsequently worked as a summariser on BBC TV before joining Sky Sports as a commentator in 1991. He continued to work for Sky and was part of its coverage of this summer’s Ashes series.