Fred Titmus - England - Test Profile 1955-75

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Date: 26 August 1973

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      Right Hand Bat, Off-breaks
      Thursday, 24 November 1932
      Kentish Town,England. (Died 23rd. March 2011 Aged 78).
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Fred TITMUS - England - Test Profile 1955-75


Fred Titmus' Test career looked to be over when he lost several toes after catching his foot in boat's propellor while swimming during the West Indies tour of 1968, but he fought back and provided some of the staunchest England batting against Lillee and Thomson during their terror season of 1974-75. Titmus made his debut against South Africa in 1955, but then lost his place until the Pakistan series of 1962. He became first choice spinner on Dexter's Ashes tour of 1962-63, taking 7-79 at Sydney in the first visit there and 5-103 on the second. He scored 59 not out in Adelaide. He scored 52 not out against West Indies at Lord's in 1963, and 84 not out in Bombay, batting at number four for M.J.K.Smith's illness-raddled team. He took 6-73 in Kanpur. A last minute injury to Edrich saw him opening the batting with Boycott in the first Ashes Test of 1964. He took 5-66 against South Africa in Durban in 1964-65, 5-19 against New Zealand at Headingley in 1965 and 5-83 against West Indies in Manchester in 1966. Fred scored 59 against South Africa at Lord's in 1965, 60 against Australia at Brisbane in 1965-66, and 65 against Pakistan at the Oval in 1967. On his unexpected recall in 1974-75 he scored 61 in Perth after the innings had been wrecked by Thomson on a lightning fast wicket. He took four wickets in Melbourne. Titmus made his Middlesex debut in 1949, and played in every decade until the 1980s, making his last appearance when Mike Brearley spotted him amongst the spectators and persuaded him to play on a spinning wicket. Titmus was captain of Middlesex from 1965-68. (Bob Harragan)


Titmus published his first autobiography Talk of the Double in 1964.[5] It was typical of the anodyne cricket autobiographies

of the period and revealed that he was born in Somers Town and that his family moved to Kentish Town in 1939.

In his second autobiography, My Life in Cricket published in 2005, he was rather more forthright in his views of

former playing colleagues, and depicted five decades of his playing career with passion.

He also served as an England test selector from 1994 to 1996.


Fred Titmus died on 23 March 2011, aged 78, after a long illness. He was married twice, firstly to Jean and he was

survived by his second wife, Stephanie.   He left three children Dawn, Mark and Tandy.