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Ashes winner Bailey dies

Former England bowler and Ashes winner Trevor Bailey has died aged 87.

The BBC report that Bailey was killed by a fire at his home in Essex.

He was made an Honorary Life Member of MCC in 1969. The right-arm quick played 61 Tests for England taking 132 wickets.

However, it was his fiercly resilient batting which earned him the nickname "Barnacle Bailey" as he was so hard to shift.

In 1953 Bailey batted for more than four hours, in an obdurate fifth wicket stand with Willie Watson, to save the second Ashes Test - a series which England went on to win to regain the Urn after 19 long years without it.

With ball in hand Bailey is one of only thirteen Englishmen to have taken 10 wickets in a Lord's Test match. He ended the match against West Indies in 1957 with figures of 11-98 to take his place on the Lord's Honours Boards.

MCC Secretary and Chief Executive Keith Bradshaw said: "Everyone at MCC was deeply saddened to hear of the news of Trevor Bailey's death.

"Our thoughts are with his family at this very sad time.

"Trevor was made an Honorary Life Member of the Club in 1969 - a tribute to his contribution to cricket with both England and Essex.

"His achievements on the field were extremely impressive. Off the field his enthusiasm for and knowledge of the game was boundless. He'll be sorely missed."

Bailey has a number of other cricketing achievements to his name: first-class cricket's slowest half-century (357 minutes - against Australia again); and the county cricket record of passing 1,000 runs and taking 100 wickets in season no fewer than nine times - a record he shares with Fred Titmus.

After his illustrious career in the game he moved into the media writing books and for newspapers - as well as becoming a popular member of the BBC Test Match Special commentary team.

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