In terms of raw, unbridled pace, few bowlers in history can match England's Frank “Typhoon” Tyson. Regarded by many as the fastest bowler ever to play world cricket, even Richie Benaud rated him the quickest he's ever seen. He is legendary as the man who took 8 wickets before lunch to dismiss Australia, win the test match and cause 60,000 pies to go to waste!
In 17 Tests, Frank Tyson took 76 wickets at an average of 18. This was no brainless quickie, however - Tyson was a Durham University graduate, and had a penchant for quoting Shakespeare or Wordsworth to batsmen. Most famously, Tyson blew away Australia as England retained the Ashes in 1954-55. After starting off with 1 for 160 in defeat at Brisbane, he shortened his run and took 10 wickets at Sydney and nine more at Melbourne, when he took 7 for 27 in the second innings and frightened the life out of the Aussies. There can have been few faster spells in history than Tyson's in that innings. He skittled the opposition, and bowling downwind off a shorter run, was literally as fast as a typhoon.
Injury plagued Tyson’s career, though, and although he was tall and strong, he reached for the crease with his final stride and his action wasn't fluid, and he was finished by the time he was 30. He subsequently immigrated to Australia, where he became a headmaster for a time, before coaching Victoria. He then coached the Bombay State Cricket Squad and the Sri Lankan national team prior to their World Cup campaign. Frank Tyson also commentated and was a successful writer on the game.
He uses his knowledge and experience to advantage those 'off the field' and speaks at conferences, conventions, motivational seminars and workshops on such subjects as biomechanics, psychological preparation, fitness training and communication. His speeches have been heard across Australia, New Zealand, India, South Africa and, of course, England. His humour and message are international, and each speech is written to suit the function.
Frank Tyson travels from AustraliaAustralia
- My Life On A Sticky Wicket
- Winning in Cricket and Winning in Business