Former England skipper Ray Illingworth is dealing with cancer

Ray Illingworth

Former England captain Ray Illingworth has revealed that he is receiving treatment for cancer.

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Ray Illingworth led England to their Ashes win against Australia in the 1970/71 series. He has played 61 games in the longest format of the game and has amassed 1836 runs at an average of 23.24, including two centuries and five half-centuries. He also has 122 wickets to his name. Illingworth has also played three ODI matches for England and has scored five runs and picked up four wickets.

Ray Illingworth is undergoing radiotherapy for oesophageal cancer. The 89-year-old revealed while speaking on his travails a year ago that he does not wish to undergo the pain his wife Shirley went through. Earlier this year, Ray Illingworth’s wife passed away after a prolonged battle with cancer.

“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 believe in assisted dying. The way my wife was, there was no pleasure in life in the last 12 months, and I don’t see the point of living like that, to be honest.” 

Illingworth revealed that the doctors are planning to remove the last bit of tumour and they wish to have some luck during this long treatment.

“They are just hoping to get rid of the last bit (of the tumour) with extra double doses. I will see how these next two doses go, keep my fingers crossed and hope I have a bit of luck,” Illingworth told the Daily Telegraph.

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