Former England Test captain Ted Dexter dies aged 86

A middle-order batsman and medium-pacer, Dexter scored 4502 runs at an impressive average of 47.89 and picked up 66 wickets in his career which spanned 62 Tests, from 1958 to 1968.

FILE PHOTO: Ted Dexter also served as England's chairman of selectors between 1989 and 1993.   -  The Hindu

Former England captain Ted Dexter died at the age of 86 in Wolverhampton on Thursday.

A middle-order batsman and medium-pacer, Dexter scored 4502 runs at an impressive average of 47.89 and picked up 66 wickets in his career which spanned 62 Tests, from 1958 to 1968. Known for his ability to dominate top-class fast bowling, he slammed nine hundreds, six of which were scores of above 140.

 

Prolific in First Class cricket, the Sussex skipper amassed more than 21,000 runs and claimed 419 wickets in 327 matches.

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Dexter still holds the record for most runs in an Ashes series in Australia by an England captain, a feat he achieved in the 1962-63 series where he scored 481 runs.

 

Other than his accomplishments on the field, Dexter is credited with developing the ICC ranking system and also served as England's chairman of selectors between 1989 and 1993. He was later appointed president of Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) 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 ... 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.

(With inputs from PTI, Reuters)

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