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    July 04, 2006

    England's greatest ever quick, Fred Trueman, dies

    England's and Yorkshire's greatest ever quick, Frederick Sewards Trueman, the first bowler to take 300 test wickets, died on Saturday of lung cancer. He had been diagnosed with it in May, barely two months ago. I've never watched him bowl, not even on black & white film. But a bowling average less than 22 and a strike rate less than 50, over 67 tests and 13 years, means he could bowl alright.

    But I've heard several anecdotes which attest to his temper, sarcasm etc. on the cricket field and as a commentator. For e.g., this is what he's supposed to have told Yorkshire's opponents the day before a game.
    I need nine wickets from this match, and you buggers had better start drawing straws to see who I don't get.
    In the last year, cricket has also lost Fazal Mahmood and Mushtaq Ali.

    In fact all three players involved in the first ever 300th wicket are now dead - Neil Hawke ct Colin Cowdrey bd Trueman for 14 at The Oval in 1964.

    Here's a collection of links/reactions from across various cricket sites after his death.

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