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

Former England Test captain Ted Dexter dies at the age of 86, surrounded by his family after a ‘recent illness’… with the MCC paying tribute to their ‘remarkable’ former president


Former England Test cricket captain Ted Dexter has died at the age of 86 following a recent illness.

The former all-rounder – who captained his country in 30 of his 62 Test matches – passed away peacefully in the Compton Hospice in Wolverhampton at midday on Wednesday surrounded by his family.

The MCC paid tribute to their former president, describing him as ‘remarkable’ and as someone who played the game with ‘adventure and fun’. 

Former England Test cricket captain Ted Dexter died at the age of 86 on Wednesday afternoon

‘The MCC is deeply saddened to announce the death of the club’s much-loved former president, Edward Dexter CBE,’ a statement read.

‘After a recent illness he passed away peacefully in the Compton Hospice in Wolverhampton at midday yesterday, surrounded by his family.

‘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.

Dexter captained England in 30 of his 62 Tests and also played for Sussex in the county game

Dexter captained England in 30 of his 62 Tests and also played for Sussex in the county game

‘His off-field contribution to the game was substantial too, most notably his work, with Colin Cowdrey, on the Spirit of Cricket. 

‘Through his own PR agency, he became a pioneer in cricket’s digital technology revolution and was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame earlier this summer.

‘We kindly request that the privacy of Susan, his wife, and Genevieve and Tom, his daughter and son, is respected at this difficult time.’

Dexter scored 4,502 runs as a strong middle-order batsman for England and also combined that with excellent medium-pace bowling, claiming 66 wickets for his country at an average of 34.93.

Known as ‘Lord Ted’, Dexter was also famed for his bravery on the field for England and with county side Sussex.

He made his Test debut against New Zealand in 1958, and went on to captain both both England between 1961 and 1964 and Sussex, also during the early 1960s.

The final Test match of a career – which saw him hit nine centuries and average 47.89 – came a decade after his debut in an Ashes match against Australia in 1968.

He then went on to chair England’s panel of selectors once he had retired from playing, before becoming MCC president in 2002.

Former England skipper Michael Vaughan paid tribute to Dexter, tweeting: ‘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 .. #RIPTed.’

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