Former England Cricket Captain Ted Dexter Passes Away Aged 86

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Legendary England skipper Ted Dexter dies on Thursday, aged 86, following a brief illness, according to Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC). Despite playing his first game versus New Zealand in 1958, Dexter termed “Lord Ted,” was a strong batsman and component seam bowler who featured 62 tests representing England.

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,” MCC said in a statement.

Adventure and fun that captures much of the story of Ted Dexter remarkable life

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


Throughout his test career, Dexter compiled 4,502 runs at a 47.89 avg. and 66 wickets at a 34.93 aggregate.

From 1989 to 1993, Dexter served as the chairman of the English selections as cricket management. He also proposed a test player evaluation method, which was officially declared by the International Cricket Council (ICC) in 2003 and serves as the foundation for the present test standings.

Dexter went on to become the president of MCC and received a CBE in 2001. Dexter was honored into the ICC Hall of Fame in June, and former England player Michael Vaughan brought attention to him.


“Ted Dexter was someone who always went out of his way to offer so much great advice to me and many others … seeing him arrive for lunch on his motorbike and then sit and listen to him discuss all cricketing issues was always a joy,” Vaughan said on Twitter.

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