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Full name Frederick John Titmus
Born November 24, 1932, Kentish Town, London
Died March 23, 2011 (aged 78 years 119 days)
Major teams England, Middlesex, Orange Free State, Surrey
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
|Test debut||England v South Africa at Lord's, Jun 23-27, 1955 scorecard|
|Last Test||Australia v England at Adelaide, Jan 25-30, 1975 scorecard|
|ODI debut||New Zealand v England at Dunedin, Mar 8, 1975 scorecard|
|Last ODI||New Zealand v England at Wellington, Mar 9, 1975 scorecard|
|List A span||1963-1976|
Fred Titmus, one of cricket's great survivors, was a St Pancras-born Cockney who walked like Charlie Chaplin and wisecracked like Groucho Marx. Despite the rivalry of three other top-class offspinners in Ray Illingworth, John Mortimore and David Allen, he won 53 Test caps over 19 years and played county cricket in five decades, between 1949 and 1982. He even came back after a horrific boating accident in the West indies cost him four toes. His artistry as a slow and flighty bowler contrasted with a highly developed practical streak that made him a fine judge of a player. "Too intelligent for his ability," was his appraisal of one; of another, a youngster who scored a dashing hundred against Middlesex at Lord's, he commented: "I like to see someone make a bad 'undred before I make my mind up." He made three tours of Australia, and justified his selection each time. But his favourite memory of the country, he claimed, was "The sight of a ground emptying an hour before the close of play."
Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1963
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