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Top 5 English Test spinners of all time

S Samaddar
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Modified 29 Nov 2017, 22:34 IST
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#4 Fred Titmus

Fred Titmus
Fred Titmus

Right-arm off-spinner Fred Titmus emerged as one of three world-class spinners in England in the mid-1950s and although he played only 53 Test matches, his career spanned a period of around 19 years.

The fact that England had to play either Ray Illingworth or Titmus in the side meant that neither of the two bowlers played as many Tests as they would have liked, but there is no doubt as to who among the two was the better bowler.

Titmus had the classical right-arm off-spinner's action and had the ability to judge the weakness in a batsman fairly quickly. In addition to that, his mastery over the art of flighting the ball at a relatively slow pace almost always kept the batsmen guessing.

In the 53 Test matches that he turned out for England, he picked up 153 wickets at an average of 32.22 and recorded an economy rate of 1.95.

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Published 29 Nov 2017, 22:34 IST
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