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Last Updated: Saturday, 13 May 2006, 12:09 GMT 13:09 UK
England great Trueman has cancer
Fred Trueman
Trueman earned the nickname Fiery Fred because of his fast bowling
Former England and Yorkshire fast bowler Fred Trueman is being treated for cancer.

The 75-year-old is suffering from a condition called small cell carcinoma and has spent time in Airedale Hospital, in west Yorkshire.

Trueman, who became the first cricketer in history to take 300 Test wickets, will now undergo 15 weeks of treatment.

His former Yorkshire team-mate Bob Platt said: "If anyone can fight this Fred can."

He added: "He is in exceedingly good spirits, and the good news is that the doctors have caught this early."

Trueman's career spanned 20 years from 1949 to 1969 and he played 67 Tests between 1952 and 1965.

He was famed for his new-ball partnership for England with Lancashire's Brian Statham.

He was also Yorkshire's pace spearhead during his native county's dominance of English cricket through the 1960s.

Trueman was an expert analyst on BBC Test Match Special for 26 years until 2000.



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