The Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) announced on Thursday that former Test captain Ted Dexter, one of England’s best players, died at the age of 86 after a brief illness.
After making his debut against New Zealand in 1958, Dexter, nicknamed “Lord Ted,” was an aggressive batsman and part-time seam bowler who played 62 tests for England.
In the early 1960s, he captained England and Sussex.
“He died quietly in the Compton Hospice in Wolverhampton at lunchtime yesterday, surrounded by his family, after a recent illness,” MCC said in a statement. “Ted was a beloved husband, father, and grandfather, as well as one of England’s greatest cricketers of all time. Dexter “played the game with the same feeling of adventure and fun that characterises much of his extraordinary life,” according to the MCC.
Dexter, who captained England for 30 matches, amassed 4,502 runs at an average of 47.89 and 66 wickets at an average of 34.93 during his Test career.
Between 1989 to 1993, Dexter served as chairman of the England selectors as a cricket administrator. In 2001, he was named President of MCC and received a CBE.
Dexter also devised a Test player rating system, which was formally adopted by the International Cricket Council (ICC) in 2003 and serves as the foundation for the present Test rankings.
Dexter was one of the most outstanding batsmen of his period, according to the ICC’s interim chief executive Geoff Allardice.
In a statement, Allardice stated, “His ability to dominate fast bowling was impressive, and he also made major contributions to the game in many roles post-retirement”
Dexter was inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame in June, and former England captain Michael Vaughan paid tribute to him.
On Twitter, Vaughan said, “Ted Dexter was someone who always went out of his way to offer so much fantastic advice to myself and many others… watching him arrive for lunch on his motorbike and then sit and listen to him discuss all cricketing concerns was always a joy.”
Mike Atherton, a former England captain, told Sky Sports that Dexter’s manner had left an unforgettable mark on him.
“People will remember him for the way he played the game, not for his numbers,” Atherton said. “He was a fantastic stylist who brought a lot of flair and adventure to his performances.”
“Dexter will be remembered both for his dashing and stylish strokeplay and his vast interests outside the game,” the England and Wales Cricket Board said.
The Sussex batsman was known for his power, and one of his most memorable performances came against the West Indies in 1963 at Lord’s, when he came in at 2-1 and hammered 70 off 75 deliveries.