London: Former England and Middlesex spinner Fred Titmus died on Wednesday after a long illness. He was 78.
Titmus made 53 Test appearances for England and took 153 wickets during a first-class career that which became renowned for its longevity, spanning a remarkable 33 seasons between 1949 and 1982.
Titmus made his debut for Middlesex as a 16-year-old in 1949, before bowing out in 1982 at the age of 50 years and 276 days.
"Middlesex County Cricket Club are deeply saddened to report the death of Middlesex and England legend Fred Titmus, who died this morning after a long illness," a statement on Middlesex's website read.
"All of our thoughts and best wishes are with his wife Stephanie and family.
"Fred will be deeply missed by all those who played with him and by all those who were fortunate enough to have seen him performing for Middlesex and England."
As well as bowling, Titmus developed a reputation as a handy lower-order batsman and even opened for England on six occasions.
He was also a talented footballer, playing professionally for Watford after earlier playing for Chelsea's junior side.