Former England cricket captain and Yorkshire legend passes away

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English cricket legend Ray Illingsworth has died at the age of 89.

Icon played 61 Tests for his country between 1958 and 1973.

England cricket legend Ray Illingworth has died at the age of 89

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England cricket legend Ray Illingworth has died at the age of 89credits: PA
Star captained his country to Ashes happiness in 1970–71

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Star captained his country to Ashes happiness in 1970–71credit: PA: Press Association

He scored 1,836 Test runs at an average of 23.24.

And he also took 122 wickets at 31.20.

But one of his most memorable moments was England’s Ashes Test victory over Australia in 1970–71.

Illingworth captained England a total of 31 times and won 12 of them.

He was undergoing radiotherapy treatment for cancer of the esophagus.

Illingworth played for Yorkshire in 1951–68 and later in 1982–83.

He also represented Leicestershire 1969–78.

Icon played for England from 1958 to 1973 and was Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1960.

Yorkshire confirmed the sad news with a statement on Christmas Day.

It read: “We are deeply saddened to learn that Ray Illingworth has passed away.

“Our condolences go out to Ray’s family and the wider family of Yorkshire, who hold Ray dearly in their hearts.”

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He 23.24. Scored 1,836 Test runs at an average ofcredit: PA: Ampix Sport
Illingworth captained England a total of 31 times and won 12 of them

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Illingworth captained England a total of 31 times and won 12 of themcredit: getty

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