Frank Tyson Feared As The Fastest Bowlers In The World Dies At Age 85
Frank Tyson, the fastest bowler in the world during his peak, has died at the age of 85.
The England Test champion, known as 'Typhoon', died in a hospital on the Gold Coast on Sunday morning, having lived in southeast Queensland for the latter part of his life.
Tyson only played 17 tests, but took a remarkable 76 wickets at an average of just 18.56.
Frank Tyson died in a Gold Coast hospital on Sunday morning at age 85, after a long and prosperous life
Nicknamed 'Typhoon', the English cricketer was once feared as the fastest bowler in the world
The Test champion only played 17 tests, but took a remarkable 76 wickets at an average of just 18.56
Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland said 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,' Sutherland said.
'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 www.apmaine.com cricket writer.
'Cricket Australia mourns his loss and extends its deepest sympathies to his wife Ursula, family and friends at this sad time.'
After retirement, he settled in Australia where he became a much-loved member of the cricket community
Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland said Tyson 'struck fear into the hearts of batsmen around the globe'
Tyson was born in 1930 in Farnworth, Lancashire and graduated in English literature from Durham University
Tyson's role in claiming victory for England in the 1954-55 Ashes series in Australia was the high point of his short but bright career.
After a lean first Test when the English were defeated in Brisbane, Tyson took advice and shortened his run-up.
He took 10 wickets in Sydney and another nine in Melbourne including a terrifying spell in the second innings when he claimed 7-27.
That second-innings spell in Melbourne is still regarded by those who witnessed it as being one of the quickest to be bowled in Test cricket.
His action took a toll on his body.
He battled injury throughout his career and retired at 30.
Former Australian batsman Dean Jones was quick to take to Twitter to pay tribute to Tyson
A second-innings spell by Tyson in the 1954-55 Ashes series - in which he claimed 7-27 - is regarded by many as one of the quickest to be bowled in Test cricket
Former England Test batsman Mark Butcher paid his respects for Tyson, describing him as a 'complete gent'
Tyson was born in 1930 in Farnworth, Lancashire and graduated in English literature from Durham University.
He emigrated to Australia after retiring from Test cricket and was a teacher of English, French and history at Carey Grammar in Melbourne for a period.
He was also a long-term cricket commentator on radio and for the Nine Network.
The admired bowler coached in Victoria before retiring and moving to the Gold Coast.
Australian captain, allrounder and former fellow Nine commentator, the late Richie Benaud, rated Tyson the quickest bowler he had seen.
Former Australian batsman Dean Jones was quick to take to Twitter to pay tribute to Tyson.
'Sad to hear that Frank Tyson has passed away.
Ex Vic coach. I was his student for a few of his books.. Terrific cricketer. Terrific bloke.'
Cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle also tweeted: 'Saddened to read of the demise of Frank 'Typhoon' Tyson. 76 wickets @ 18.56!!
Was so good while looking for young fast bowlers in Mumbai.'
And, former England Test batsman Mark Butcher posted: 'Sad to hear of Frank Tyson's passing. Worked with him on kids summer camps in Melbourne 20 yrs ago, he was a complete gent.'
Tyson was also a long-term cricket commentator on radio and for the Nine Network
Cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle weighed in on the tragedy, paying his respects to the cricketing legend