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Honours Board Legend: Willis Published: 12 November 2013

Bob Willis registered three five-wicket hauls at Lord's
Bob Willis registered three five-wicket hauls at Lord's

As befitting one of England's finest fast bowlers, Bob Willis has a fine record at the Home of Cricket, with three entries on the Lord's Honours Boards.

Willis has a magnificent record at Lord's, with 47 wickets at an average of just 18.76 in nine Test matches between 1973 and 1984.

Willis recalls his Honours Board efforts

His best figures at the Ground came in the Jubilee Test match of 1977, where he tore through Australia with 7/78 in a memorable match, which finished with the away team hanging on for a draw on the final day.

Wisden described the former Warwickshire quick as bowling "with hostile speed" in a spell which became his then-best Test innings return and ended the second-best of his career.

Willis recorded five-wickets twice more in the following years, picking up 5/47 against Pakistan the summer afterwards in a thumping innings victory for England - a win inspired by Ian Botham, who scored 108 before tearing the tourists apart in their second innings with 8/34 in arguably the finest all-round performance in Test history.

Perhaps Willis's finest performance at Lord's came four years later though, when as England captain he took second-innings figures of 6/101 in a seven-wicket victory over India, narrowly missing out on a ten-wicket haul, after picking-up three wickets in the first innings.

Remembered as one of the best bowlers of his generation, Willis is one of only four England bowlers to take 300 Test scalps - alongside his contemporary Botham, Fred Trueman and more recently James Anderson.

Tall and possessing genuine pace, he was capable of vicious spells of fast bowling - most notably when he picked up figures of 8/43 to bowl England to victory in the famous Headingley Test of 1981.


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