Former England cricketer Fred Titmus has died

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Former England off-spinner Fred Titmus has died following a long illness, Middlesex announced today. He was 78.

Titmus played 53 Tests for England and captured 153 wickets, although he was just as well known for the longevity of his career.

His first-class career spanned a remarkable 33 seasons, after he made his debut for Middlesex aged 16 in 1949.

Titmus, who was also a handy lower-order batsman, made his final appearance for Middlesex in 1982 at the age of 50 years and 276 days - making him the oldest player to appear for the county at Lord's.

"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."