Pudsey-born former England captain Ray Illingworth has revealed that he is receiving treatment for cancer.

The 89-year-old, who played for Farsley as a youngster and went on to lead England to a Test series victory over Australia Down Under in 1970-71, is undergoing radiotherapy for oesophageal cancer.

“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,” said Illingworth, who has held just about every role over the years at his beloved Farsley Cricket Club.

His wife Shirley died earlier this year after battling cancer and Illingworth has offered his support for law changes over assisted dying.

“I don’t want to have the last 12 months that my wife had,” he added. “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.

“But we don’t have assisted dying in England yet, so you don’t have the option do you? They are debating it and I think it will come eventually.

“A lot of doctors are against it, but if they had to live like my wife did in her last 12 months they might change their minds.”