Vale Ray Illingworth CBE (1932 – 2021)

26/12/21 Category: Blog, News Posted by:

Ray Illingworth passed away on 25th December 2021

A typically tough and indomitable Yorkshireman, Ray Illingworth was England’s 54th Test captain and one of its best-liked players during his career.

A talented all-rounder, Illingworth was a relentlessly accurate off-spin bowler and disciplined middle-order batter. Representing Yorkshire and Leicestershire at a County level, Illingworth played an astonishing 787 First-Class matches and achieved the elusive milestone of 2,000 wickets and 20,000 runs.

Ray Illingworth has passed away. (photo via Philip Brown – Instagram @dudleyplatypus)

As a Test cricketer, Illingworth represented England on 61 occasions. Renowned especially as a glittering cricket strategist, Illingworth captained England 31 times; winning 12 matches and securing the Ashes in Australia in 1970/71. At the highest level, Illingworth scored two centuries and claimed 122 wickets – impressively at a miserly economy rate of less than two runs per over. A tidy record to go with a fiercely competitive disposition, Illingworth was named a Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1960.

Following his retirement from the international game in 1973, Illingworth maintained an enduring connection with English cricket. A head coach and selector for the men’s national team, Illingworth left an indelible legacy on the game he loved.

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