Fast bowler ace Tyson dies

Tyson - fast bowling legend
Tyson - fast bowling legend
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Former England and Northamptonshire fast bowler Frank Tyson has died at the age of 85.

Lancashire-born Tyson died in hospital in Australia after being in poor health for some time.

Nicknamed ‘Typhoon’ for his extreme pace, he was one of the quickest bowlers to have played the game.

Tyson’s exploits in the 1954-55 Ashes in Australia, in which he picked up 28 wickets in five Tests, is what he is likely to be remembered for most.

Born in Farnworth Tyson went on to play 170 matches for Northamptonshire, claiming 525 wickets at 20.94 apiece.

He was also a useful lower-order batsman with nine half-centuries to his credit for the county.

The outstanding moment of an international career which saw him take a total of 76 wickets in 17 Tests came with the 28-wicket haul Down Under in a series England won 3-1.

It included him claiming 10 wickets in the second Test at Sydney, as well as seven for 27 in Australia’s second innings in the next match at Melbourne, and made him a national sporting celebrity.

After retiring due to injury at the age of 30 in 1960, Tyson emigrated to Australia where he became headmaster of a school for a time.

He also coached and was a commentator and a successful writer, penning numerous books on the game.

Northamptonshire said: “Northants Cricket offers sincere condolences to Frank’s family and friends at this sad time.”

Tyson’s England bowling average was even better than that for his county - a remarkable figure of 18.56.

Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland paid tribute to him saying in a statement: “Frank ‘Typhoon’ Tyson will forever be remembered as a great of English cricket.

“Throughout his career he struck fear into the hearts of batsmen around the globe. But once his playing days were over he chose to settle here in Australia, the country where he had become a household name.

“Over many years he became a much-loved and greatly admired member of the Australian cricket community where he coached and mentored countless players in Victoria and Queensland.

“He also made a wonderful contribution to the coverage of the game in Australia as a broadcaster and cricket writer.

“Cricket Australia mourns his loss and extends its deepest sympathies to his wife Ursula, family and friends at this sad time.”