Ray Strauss, the fast bowler who became the third Western Australia bowler to take 100 Sheffield Shield wickets, has died at the age of 85.

Strauss, Des Hoare and Ron Gaunt formed a strong three-man pace attack during the late 1950s and Strauss collected 139 first-class wickets at 24.29.

A bowler who swung the ball both ways, Strauss was unflagging on the field and almost became the first man in Shield history to bowl unchanged through an entire day, only to be taken off late in the afternoon by the Western Australia captain Ken Meuleman.