eric olthwaite wrote:I sort of lost sight of cricket around the turn of the late 70s / 80s whilst I was busy being a delinquent cunt. So I completely disassociate England before and after that period.
Willis made his Test debut in ‘71 alongside Colin Cowdray, Ray Illingworth, Knott, Underwood, D’Oliveira etc.
So the idea of him then being there with the ‘new generation’ just doesn’t really compute in my head.
A particularly bad time for Leeds too , I was busy being a punk rocker at that time ( still pretty much only stuff I listen to ) ...... football had gone to shit , both with Leeds and England , sport generally in doldrums here then , with sparse success in olympics with the likes of Coe , Ovett , Thompson , you had the cold war , Falklands war , riots ..... very gloomy times so you can understand why Botham and Willis were heroes back then .