England players wear black armbands against South Africa in memory of Bob Willis

England stars will remember former bowler Bob Willis by wearing black armbands during the first Test of their tour of South Africa.

Willis, one of England’s finest ever bowlers, died earlier this month at the age of 70.

Ex-England captain Bob Willis died earlier this month

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Ex-England captain Bob Willis died earlier this month

The England and Wales Cricket Board announced recently that the Boxing Day opener against the Proteas will pay tribute to the legendary former player.

An ECB spokesperson said: “The team will wear black armbands in the first Test in South Africa as a tribute to Bob Willis.”

England begin their tour of South Africa today at SuperSport Park in Centurion.

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Joe Root’s men won the toss on the first day and chose to bowl first as they begin the four-match Test series.

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