LONDON: Former England off-spinner Bob Appleyard has died at the age of 90 following several months of illness, his old club Yorkshire announced on Tuesday.
“It is with great sadness that Bob Appleyard, the legendary #YCCC and England cricketer, has died at the age of 90,” the English county champions wrote on their official Twitter page.
Appleyard played in only nine Tests, but took 31 wickets at a superb average of 17.87 and was regarded as one of the game’s greatest ever medium-pace bowlers.
The Bradford-born bowler did not begin his first-class career until he was 27 and played professionally for only eight years, but took 708 wickets during that time at an average of 15.48.
His two-year Test career included an Ashes victory over Australia in 1954-55 and he was named as one of Wisden’s Cricketers of the Year in 1952.
Appleyard retired in 1958 and spent two years as Yorkshire president between 2006 and 2008.