Fred Titmus

Country: England
Born: November 24, 1932, Kentish Town, London
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Offbreak
Playing role: Allrounder
Died: March 23, 2011 (aged 78y 119d)

Fred Titmus Bio

Frederick John Titmus, better known as Fred Titmus, was a legendary cricket player from England. Born in St Pancras, London, Fred had a distinctive personality that earned him comparisons to comedic icons Charlie Chaplin and Groucho Marx. Despite facing stiff competition from three other top-class offspinners, he managed to carve out a successful career, representing his country in 53 Test matches over a period of 19 years.

Titmus’s cricketing journey began in 1949 when he debuted for his county side. His skills as a slow and flighty bowler captivated audiences and left a lasting impact on the world of cricket. His artistry with the ball was complemented by a practical streak that allowed him to accurately assess the capabilities of his opponents. Many players felt the sting of Titmus’s quick wit and sharp observations. He once famously remarked, “Too intelligent for his ability,” while appraising a fellow player. In another instance, after witnessing a young batsman score a brilliant hundred, Fred humorously remarked, “I like to see someone make a bad ‘undred before I make my mind up.”

One of the defining moments in Titmus’s career came when he was selected for three tours of Australia, considered the ultimate challenge for any cricketer. Each time, Fred justified his selection by delivering exceptional performances with both bat and ball. However, he fondly remembered his time in Australia not for his personal achievements but rather for the sight of the grounds slowly emptying an hour before the end of play, a testament to the popularity and allure of the game.

In addition to his international success, Titmus enjoyed an incredibly long and prosperous county career that spanned over five decades. He displayed unwavering dedication and commitment to the sport, playing for his county side from 1949 all the way until 1982. Such longevity in professional cricket is a rare feat achieved by very few individuals.

However, Titmus’s career was not without its setbacks. In one unfortunate incident during a boating trip in the West Indies, he suffered a horrific accident that cost him four toes. Many believed that this injury would be the end of his cricketing journey. But true to his resilient nature, Titmus fought back and made a triumphant return to the sport, defying all odds.

Throughout his career, Fred Titmus left an indelible mark on the world of cricket, not only with his exceptional skills but also with his distinctive personality and wit. Regardless of the competition he faced, he managed to stand out and earn the respect and admiration of both teammates and opponents alike. His achievements and contributions to the sport continue to inspire future generations of cricketers.

In 2011, at the age of 78, Fred Titmus passed away, leaving behind a rich legacy and a lasting impact on the cricketing world. His name remains etched in history as one of England’s finest all-rounders and a true ambassador of the game.

Fred Titmus Career Stats

Fred Titmus Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 53 76 11 1449 84* 22.29 - - 0 10 - 3 35 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 2 1 0 11 11 11 32 34.37 0 0 1 0 1 0
FC 792 1142 208 21588 137* 23.11 - - 6 105 - - 472 0
List A 149 109 32 1038 41 13.48 - - 0 0 - - 34 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Fred Titmus Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 53 90 15118 4931 153 7/79 9/162 32.22 1.95 98.8 9 7 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 2 1 56 53 3 3/53 3/53 17.66 7.57 18.6 0 0 0
FC 792 - 173450 63315 2830 9/52 - 22.37 2.19 61.2 - 168 26
List A 149 - 7126 4081 159 5/25 5/25 25.66 3.43 44.8 4 3 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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