England gamers will put on black armbands during the first Test of their tour of South Africa in honour of former bowler Bob Willis.

Willis, who captained England earlier than turning to punditry, spending greater than 20 years with Sky Sports, after retirement in 1984, died final week on the age of 70.

The England and Wales Cricket Board introduced its plans to pay tribute to England’s fourth-highest wicket-taker of all time at SuperSport Park in Centurion later this month.

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

The first Test begins on Boxing Day as a part of a four-match collection towards the Proteas, adopted by three one-day internationals and three T20 clashes.

Watch England’s tour of South Africa reside on Sky Sports Cricket. Coverage of the first Test, in Centurion, will get beneath method from 7am on Boxing Day.

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