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Frank Tyson      

Full name Frank Holmes Tyson

Born June 6, 1930, Farnworth, Lancashire

Died September 27, 2015, Queensland (aged 85 years 113 days)

Major teams England, Northamptonshire

Also known as Typhoon Tyson

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm fast

Other Coach, Commentator

Frank Holmes Tyson
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 17 24 3 230 37* 10.95 0 0 14 2 4 0
First-class 244 316 76 4103 82 17.09 0 13 85 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 17 29 3452 1411 76 7/27 10/130 18.56 2.45 45.4 3 4 1
First-class 244 38173 16030 767 8/60 20.89 2.51 49.7 34 5
Career statistics
Test debut England v Pakistan at The Oval, Aug 12-17, 1954 scorecard
Last Test New Zealand v England at Auckland, Mar 14-18, 1959 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1952 - 1960

In terms of raw, unbridled pace, few bowlers in history can match England's Frank Tyson. Richie Benaud rated him the quickest he's ever seen. In 17 Tests, Tyson took 76 wickets at an average of 18. This was no brainless quickie, however - Tyson was a Durham University graduate, and had a penchant for quoting Shakespeare or Wordsworth to batsmen. Most famously, Tyson blew away Australia as England retained the Ashes in 1954-55. After starting off with 1 for 160 in defeat at Brisbane, he shortened his run and took 10 wickets at Sydney and nine more at Melbourne, when he took 7 for 27 in the second innings and frightened the life out of the Aussies. There can have been few faster spells in history than Tyson's in that innings. He skittled the opposition, and bowling downwind off a shorter run, was literally as fast as a typhoon. Injury plagued his career, though, and although he was tall and strong, he reached for the crease with his final stride and his action wasn't fluid, and he was finished by the time he was 30. He subsequently emigrated to Australia, where he became a headmaster for a time, before coaching Victoria. He also commentated and was a successful writer on the game.
Martin Williamson (April 2004)

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Frank Tyson with his wife Ursula

Frank Tyson with his wife Ursula

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Frank Tyson at a camp in India, India, 2002

Frank Tyson at a camp in India

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Frank Tyson gives tips to a young Indian bowler, India, 2002

Frank Tyson gives tips to a young Indian bowler

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Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1956