DateLine: 23rd December 2015
Obituary: Frank Tyson
Frank Holmes Tyson was amongst the fastest bowlers the world had ever seen, although logically the title of fastest of them all passes from generation to generation. But the debate as to who was the fastest ever would never end.
Nevertheless in this context perhaps most appropriate and befitting compliments for Frank Tyson are mentioned in Wikipedia, stating that 'the best that can be said was that he was noticeably faster than his contemporaries Ray Lindwall, Keith Miller, Fred Truman, Brian Statham, Peter Heine and Neil Adcock’.
Still, it may be of great interest to have a look at some of the most notable remarks made about him:
How Sir Donald Bradman regarded him
Birth & Death of the Legend
First Class and Test Debut
Tyson made his Test debut against Pakistan in the fourth and final Test of the series at the Oval in August 1954 along with PJ Loader and he took 4 for 35 in 13.4 overs in Pakistan’s first innings, which helped England dismiss the tourists for a paltry 133 runs in just under three and half hours. But that effort went in vain as Fazal Mahmood took 12 wickets and won the match for Pakistan.
The Test Series which took him to the pinnacle of fame
Australia won the first Test at Brisbane by an innings and 154 runs where Tyson had struggled with disappointing figures of 1 for 160.
Soon he got his rhythm back and in the next Test at Sydney he returned with his best Test match performance of 10 for 130. Australia seemed comfortable looking set to achieve the target of 223 for victory but with 6 for 85 Tyson turned the tables and swept England to a dramatic win to level the series.
For Tyson, still more success and glory was in store. At Melbourne, on a poor pitch Australia needed 240 runs to win but Tyson had other designs. He bowled with amazing stamina and great speed on the day and made short work of the strong Australian batting line up with career best innings figures of 7-27 (6-16 off his last 51 balls), Australia was bundled out for 111 and lost their last eight wickets for just 36 runs. England won the Test match by 128 runs to utter disbelief of a 60,000 strong home crowd. This broad shouldered, balding, scholarly looking man had wreaked havoc on the Australians as they were dismissed before lunch.
England won the fourth Test at Adelaide to secure Ashes with Tyson grabbing 6 wickets for 132. But last not the least, yet another interesting event of that series was that although the fifth Test at Sydney was rained out, Len Hutton asked Tyson to bowl off just six paces to try for a result. Surprisingly Tyson was still fast enough to knock the bat from the hands of Keith Miller.
He took 28 wickets at an average of 20.82 in the series and was nicknamed ‘Typhoon Tyson’ by the press.
End of the career and post retirement services
Alas! Such a great legend of cricket has passed away.
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