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Eng fast bowler Freddie Trueman dead

india Updated: Jul 02, 2006 01:50 IST
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Legendary England fast bowler Freddie Trueman has passed away after battling with lung cancer, his wife said on Saturday. He was 75.

According to the BCC website, Trueman was admitted to the intensive care unit after being diagnosed of cancer in May.

He was first bowler to capture 300 Test wickets.

Born in Stainton, Yorkshire, Feb 6, 1931, Frederick Sewards Trueman instantly impressed on his Test debut against India at Headingley, aged 21, in June 1952. He ended up with 307 scalps from only 67 matches. He also took 2,304 wickets in 603 first class matches for his home county Yorkshire and others before retiring in 1969.

Trueman's tally of wickets is only third behind Ian Botham (383 wickets) and Bob Willis (325).

He partnered Lancashire's Brian Statham and the two became a hit while bowling for England in the 1960s.

After his retirement, Trueman became a popular radio commentator and an expert analyst on the BBC's Test Match Special for 26 years, a stint that ended in 2000.