The Typhoon has passed. Frank ‘Typhoon’ Tyson, the fastest bowler in the world during his peak and for some the fastest there has been, has died.
The England Test champion passed away in hospital on Australia’s Gold Coast.
Tyson only played 17 tests, but he took a remarkable 76 wickets at an astonishing average of just 18.56.
Australian captain, all rounder and former fellow Channel Nine commentator, the late Richie Benaud, rated Tyson the quickest bowler he had seen.
Tyson’s role in claiming victory for England in the 1954-55 Ashes series in Australia was the high point of his short but bright career.
After a lean first Test when the English were defeated in Brisbane, Tyson took advice and shortened his run up. It had an instant effect. He took 10 wickets in Sydney and another nine in Melbourne including a terrifying spell in the second innings when he claimed 7/27.
An educated man, he was said to have preferred quoting Chaucer, Wordsworth or Shakespeare to batsmen than sledging them. It was doubtless more unsettling.
Tyson graduated in English literature from Durham University emigrated to Australia after retiring from Test cricket and was a teacher of English, French and history at Carey Grammar in Melbourne for a period.
He was also a long-term cricket commentator on radio and Channel Nine. He also coached Victoria before retiring and moving to the Gold Coast.