London: Former England captain and head coach Ray Illingworth died on Saturday. He was 89 years old.
Illingworth, who led England to an away Test Series victory over Australia in 1970-71, had undergone radiation therapy for esophageal cancer.
The all-rounder played 61 tests for England between 1958 and 1973, scoring 1,836 tests at an average of 23.24 and claiming 122 wickets at 31.20. He has captained England 31 times, winning 12 of those matches.
The England and Wales Cricket Council (ECB) regretted Illingworth’s disappearance.
“The England and Wales Cricket Council is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Ray Illingworth CBE, the former England captain, head coach and president of the coaches, who died at the age of 89 years, “the ECB said in a statement.
ECB Managing Director Tom Harrison said: “It’s always incredibly sad to lose someone who has given so much to English football and cricket in general.
“Ray was a superb cricketer, and his deep love, passion and knowledge for the game allowed him to continue to contribute long after his playing days were over. We send our warmest condolences and wishes to friends and family of Ray during this difficult time. “
The cricketer also guided Yorkshire to three successive County Championship titles from 1966 to 1968.
“We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Ray Illingworth. Our hearts go out to Ray’s family and the entire Yorkshire family who held Ray so dear to their hearts, ”Yorkshire County Cricket Club wrote on Twitter.
In 787 first-class games, Illingworth scored 24,134 points at an average of 28.06 and won 2,072 wickets at 20.27.
Ray Illingworth moved on to television commentator before becoming England coach’s chairman in 1993. He also served as England men’s coach from 1995 to 1996.