Former England captain Ted Dexter has died at the age of 86 in the Compton House in Wolverhampton on Wednesday and he will be always be remembered for his service to English cricket. Dexter was known for ferocious power-hitting in England’s middle-order and he always wanted to be innovative rather than sticking with the same old techniques.
Dexter played 62 Tests for England scoring 4502 runs at an average of 47.89 with nine centuries and 27 half-centuries in his career. He had a top score of 205 and he was a useful medium pacer as well picking up 66 wickets. Dexter had a fine first-class career with 21,150 runs in 327 matches at an average of 40.75. He scored 51 centuries and 108 half-centuries in his first-class career.
Ted Dexter’s Exceptional Numbers In Captaincy
Ted Dexter had a phenomenal captaincy career as a batsman as he scored a tally of 481 runs in the 1961-962 Ashes which still remains the most by an England captain in Australia. His overall tests numbers while captaining crept up to 53 while batting and he was always willing to take up the responsibility. The Marleybone Cricket Club lauded Ted Dexter for looking at the game from a different angle.
“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.” The Marylebone Cricket Club said
Ted Dexter’s Opinion On The Current IPL Era
Ted Dexter, last year in an interview of his autobiography book 85 Not out was questioned about his views of the current generation. He told that he would have been to India without any doubts about the IPL but felt that his life has been more interesting than playing in the IPL which could have earned him lots of money.
“Oh yes. I think I would have been heart and soul,.I think I would have been off to India in the IPL at the drop of a hat to earn hundreds of thousands. I am glad I didn’t, frankly, because the rest of my life would not have been so interesting if I was fairly cushy and had plenty of money in the bank as a player.” Ted Dexter told to Telegraph Daily Mail
Ted Dexter was popularly nicknamed the ‘Lord Ted’ for his high self-confidence.