The former England cricket captain nicknamed “Lord Ted”, Ted Dexter passed away aged 86 in the Compton Hospice in Wolverhampton on Wednesday. He was one of the special inductees to the ICC Hall of Fame in June this year.
A middle-order batsman and medium pacer, Dexter captained the England team from 1961 to 1964. During his decade-long international career, he played 62 Tests for his country, out of which he led the team in 30 games.
Known for his confidence and charisma, he was described by the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) as “one of England’s greatest ever cricketers”. The eminent player also captained the Sussex team during the 1960s.
He accumulated 4502 runs in the total number of Test matches he played while clinching 66 wickets in them. He also appeared in 327 First-class matches (21150 runs and 419 wickets) and 43 List A matches (1209 runs and 21 wickets).
During the 1962 to 1963 tour of Australia and New Zealand, he registered 481 runs at an average of 48.1, the most by an England captain in Australia, a record that remains unslain to date. He was the Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1961.
He retired from the game in 1968 and went on to serve England cricket as the Chairman of Selectors and Chair of the MCC after that. He is credited for inventing the ranking system in cricket.
The International Cricket Council Acting Chief Executive Geoff Allardice offered his condolences after the former English player’s demise.
“Ted Dexter was one of the most accomplished batsmen of his era. His ability to dominate fast bowling was admirable and his superb batting against the West Indies and Australia teams is remembered by all. He also made notable contributions to the game in various capacities post-retirement and helped develop the players’ rankings that are so popular today.
“Ted was honoured to be one of this year’s special inductees to the ICC Hall of Fame and it is really sad to hear the news of his passing. On behalf of the ICC, I would like to extend my condolences to his family and friends.”
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