Latest Cricket News: Former England Test Captain Ted Dexter dies at the age of 86

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Former England Test Captain Ted Dexter dies at the age of 86

Latest Cricket News: The demise of Former England Captain Ted Dexter has shattered the entire cricket fraternity. One of the greatest batsmen of his time, Dexter has passed away at the age of 86.

“After a recent illness he passed away peacefully in the Compton Hospice in Wolverhampton at midday yesterday, surrounded by his family”, Marylebone Cricket Club said in a statement. He played 62 Tests in his illustrious career span & was a captain in 32 test matches. Dexter palyed the game with a sense of adventure that truly depicts the story of his remarkable life.

Former England captain Michael Vaughan said that Ted Dexter “always went out of his way to guide the youngsters”. “Such sad news…Ted Dexter was someone who always went out of his way to offer so much great advice to me & many others…seeing him arrive for lunch on his motorbike & then sit & listen to him discuss all cricketing issues was always a joy”, Vaughan tweeted.

Dexter’s off-field contribution was also note-worthy. According to MCC, Dexter through his own PR Agency became a pioneer in Cricket’s digital technology revolution & he was also inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame earlier this summer.

International Cricket Council Acting Chief Executive Geoff Allardice remembered Dexter as the top batter of his era who contributed to cricket even after his retirement from international cricket.

Geoff Allardice said, “Ted Dexter was one of the most accomplished batsmen of his era. His ability to dominate fats bowling was admirable & his superb batting against the West Indies & Australia teams is remembered by all. Ted was honored to be one of this year’s special inductees to the ICC Hall of Fame & 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 & friends”.

Ted Dexter Career Highlights

A middle-order batsman and medium pacer, Dexter played 62 Tests in his decade-long international career. During his career in test cricket from 1958 to 1968, he has scored 4502 runs at an average of 47.89 & scalped 66 wickets. He holds the record for scoring the highest runs in an Ashes series in Australia by an England captain. He scored 481 runs during the 1962-1963 Ashes tour. In 1962, he scored six successive half-centuries – against Pakistan and Australia. Dexter also stroked nine Test centuries, with the highest score of 205.

Not only International Cricket but Dexter has also achieved laurels in first-class cricket scoring 21150 runs in 327 matches, apart from picking 417 wickets at an average of 29.92. After putting curtains on his cricketing career, Dexter turned his attention towards golf & win the Oxford & Cambridge President’s Putter three times. Ted Dexter had also worked as the chairman of the selection committee for the England national team from 1989 to 1993. He was played a crucial role in forming the ICC Players Ranking System.

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