Cricket-Former England skipper Illingworth battling cancer

FILE PHOTO: Former cricketer Ray Illingworth (L) stands with former umpire Harold "Dickie" Bird during a lunchtime presentation during the second cricket test match between England and South Africa at Headingley cricket ground in Leeds August 2, 2012. REUTERS/Philip Brown

(Reuters) - Former England skipper Ray Illingworth, who famously captained the team to an Ashes triumph in Australia in 1970–71, has said he is undergoing treatment for esophageal cancer.

A combative Yorkshireman who captained England in 31 test matches between 1958 and 1973 and played in the first ever one-day international in 1971, Illingworth also had spells as an administrator and the coach of the national team.

The 89-year-old, whose wife Shirley died in March after her own fight with cancer, said he was hopeful of a full recovery.

"They got rid of a lot of the tumour but there were still two centimetres left, originally it was eight," Illingworth told the Daily Telegraph in an interview

"They're just hoping to get rid of the last bit with extra double doses (of radiotherapy). I will see how these next two doses go, keep my fingers crossed and hope I have a bit of luck.

"I don't want to have the last 12 months that my wife had. She had a terrible time going from hospital to hospital and in pain. I don't want that."

(Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Ken Ferris)

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 46
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
Join our Telegram channel to get our Evening Alerts and breaking news highlights

Next In Cricket

Cricket-Holder shines as West Indies crush England in first T20
Cricket-India-Windies series to be played in two cities due to COVID-19 - BCCI
Cricket-Pandya, Rahul to lead new teams, IPL to begin in March
Cricket-Hazlewood to return from injury for Sri Lanka series
Cricket-Magnificent Malan leads South Africa to ODI series win over India
Cricket-Finch praises coach Langer ahead of contract talks
Cricket-South Africa coach Boucher charged with gross misconduct
Cricket-Sydney to host two T20s in revised Sri Lanka series schedule
Cricket-Maxwell hits 154 off 64 balls as Stars post record T20 score
Cricket-Bavuma, Van der Dussen tons help S Africa beat India in first ODI

Others Also Read