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Ray Illingworth

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Ray Illingworth


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About Ray Illingworth


Raymond (\"Ray\") Illingworth (born 8 June 1932 in Pudsey, Yorkshire) is a former English cricketer, cricket commentator and cricket administrator. He took over two thousand first-class wickets and scored more than twenty thousand runs. He played for Yorkshire (1951-68 and 1982-83), Leicestershire (1969-78) and England (1958-73) and was a Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1960. He made his first-class debut at 19, was capped in 1955 and became a stalwart of the Yorkshire team in the sixties. He made his Test début as early as 1958 but struggled on his first tour, in the West Indies in 1959/60, taking just five wickets in five Test matches. After failing to make an impact in four Tests against South Africa he found himself struggling for a place. A good series against India in 1967 established him in the team. He joined Leicestershire, sharing in their win over Yorkshire in the first

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