Frank Tyson: Former England fast bowler dies aged 85

Frank Tyson
Frank Tyson settled in Australia after retiring, having starred there in the 1954-55 Ashes

Former England and Northants fast bowler Frank Tyson has died at his home in Australia at the age of 85.

Lancashire-born "Typhoon" Tyson's Test career lasted less than five years, but in 17 Tests he captured 76 wickets at a remarkable average of 18.56.

He shone brightest as England won the 1954-55 Ashes series down under.

Chosen ahead of fellow quick bowler Fred Trueman, Tyson took 28 wickets in five Tests, including 7-27 in the second innings at Melbourne.

1954-5 Ashes - Typhoon Tyson blows for England

In terms of England bowling performances in the Ashes, that 7-27 has only since been bettered by two bowlers - spinner Jim Laker, who took 9-37 and 10-53 at Old Trafford in 1956, and paceman Stuart Broad who took 8-15 at Trent Bridge earlier this year.

After retiring at the age of 30 with 767 first-class wickets to his name, Tyson later emigrated to Australia, where he became a successful coach, commentator and writer.

Despite his injury-hit, relatively short international career, Tyson was hailed as the fastest bowler of his era by Australian legends Sir Donald Bradman and the late Richie Benaud, as well as his rival Trueman.

Former Australia batsman Dean Jones tweeted:external-link "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."

BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew
BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew was among those to pay tribute
Lowest England bowling averages since WW2
Frank Tyson (1954-59, 76 wickets at 18.56 in 17 Tests)
Johnny Wardle (1948-57, 102 wickets at 20.39 in 28 Tests)
Ken Higgs (1965-68, 71 wickets at 20.74 in 15 Tests)
Jim Laker (1948-59, 193 wickets at 21.24 in 46 Tests)
Fred Trueman (1952-65, 307 wickets at 21.57 in 67 Tests)
(qualification: 50 or more Test wickets)

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