Ray Illingworth: Former England cricket captain has died aged 89, Yorkshire have announced

Former England cricket captain Ray Illingworth has died aged 89, Yorkshire have announced.

Illingworth, who led England to an Ashes Test series victory over Australia in 1970-71, had been getting radiotherapy treatment for oesophageal cancer.

He played 61 Tests for England between 1958 and 1973, scoring 1,836 Test runs at an average of 23.24 and claimed 122 wickets at 31.20.

He captained England 31 times, winning 12 of those matches and he played in the first-ever one-day international in 1971.

In the 1990s Illingworth was part of the England management set up. He was chairman of selectors between 1993 and 1996 and he also coached the team from 1995 to 1996.

Illingworth played for Yorkshire and Leicestershire during his career. Both counties tweeted their condolences, with Yorkshire saying: “Our thoughts are with Ray’s family and the wider Yorkshire family who held Ray so dear to their hearts”.

Illingworth was successful at the county level, winning seven county championships with Yorkshire between 1959 and 1967, before picking up the same trophy with Leicestershire in 1975.

His early time in charge of England also oversaw one of the team’s most successful spells. He captained England for 19 of their 26 match unbeaten run between 1968-1971.

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