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England cricket great Ted Dexter dies aged 86


Former England captain Ted Dexter has died aged 86 following a recent illness.

Dexter, nicknamed “Lord Ted”, was an aggressive batsman and part-time seam bowler who played 62 Tests for England after making his debut in 1958 against New Zealand.

He captained England and Sussex in the early 1960s.

“After a recent illness, he passed away peacefully in the Compton Hospice in Wolverhampton at midday yesterday, surrounded by his family,” the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) said in a statement.

“Ted was a cherished husband, father and grandfather and one of England’s greatest ever cricketers.

“He was captain in 30 of his 62 Test matches and played the game with the same sense of adventure and fun that captures much of the story of his remarkable life.”

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Dexter scored 4,502 runs at an average of 47.89 during his Test career and took 66 wickets at an average of 34.93.

As a cricket administrator, Dexter became chairman of the England selectors between 1989 and 1993.

He also developed a Test player ranking system that was formally adopted by the International Cricket Council (ICC) in 2003 and now form the basis of the governing body’s current Test rankings.

Dexter was later appointed MCC president and was awarded a CBE in 2001.

Former England captain Michael Vaughan paid tribute to Dexter, who was inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame in June.

“Ted Dexter was someone who always went out of his way to offer so much great advice to me and many others,” Vaughan wrote on Twitter.

Cricket commentator Mark Nicholas described Dexter as his “boyhood hero”.

“He was one of the great players and did as much or more than anyone to drag cricket into the modern age,” he wrote on Twitter.

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