Cricket-Former England captain Illingworth dies at 89

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Illingworth stands with Bird during a lunchtime presentation during the second cricket test match between England and South Africa at Headingley cricket ground in Leeds

(Reuters) - Former England captain Ray Illingworth, who famously captained the team to an Ashes series victory in Australia in 1970–71, has died at the age of 89, county club Yorkshire said on Saturday.

Illingworth said in November he had been undergoing treatment for oesophageal cancer.

"Our thoughts are with Ray's family and the wider Yorkshire family who held Ray so dear to their hearts," Yorkshire tweeted https://twitter.com/YorkshireCCC/status/1474730255357292545.

Illingworth captained England in 31 test matches between 1958 and 1973 and played in the first-ever one-day international in 1971.

He also had spells as an administrator and the coach of the national team.

(Reporting by Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru, editing by Pritha Sarkar)

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