Ted Dexter      

Full name Edward Ralph Dexter

Born May 15, 1935, Milan, Italy

Current age 85 years 247 days

Major teams England, Cambridge University, Sussex

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm medium

Edward Ralph Dexter
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 62 102 8 4502 205 47.89 9 27 16 29 0
First-class 327 567 48 21150 205 40.75 51 108 233 0
List A 43 41 5 1209 115 33.58 1 8 16 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 62 80 5317 2306 66 4/10 6/77 34.93 2.60 80.5 2 0 0
First-class 327 26249 12539 419 7/24 29.92 2.86 62.6 9 2
List A 43 575 417 21 3/6 3/6 19.85 4.35 27.3 0 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut England v New Zealand at Manchester, Jul 24-29, 1958 scorecard
Last Test England v Australia at The Oval, Aug 22-27, 1968 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1956 - 1968
List A span 1963 - 1972

Wisden overview
There was no more exhilarating sight in English cricket than Ted Dexter when he was savaging fast bowling. Though he had the patience and technique to develop a long innings or fight a rearguard action according to the position of a match - six of his nine Test hundreds were bigger than 140 - it was the naked power of his driving on the counter-attack that fired the imagination. An athletic six-footer with something of the feline grace and strength of the golfer Tiger Woods, Dexter's most famous innings was the 70 he smashed, from 73 balls, off Wes Hall and Charlie Griffith, after coming in when England were 0 for 1 in the 1963 Lord's against West Indies. In county cricket, Dexter was the only batsman who habitually dominated Derek Underwood, regularly scoring hundreds for Sussex against Kent. In 1968, on his first Championship appearance after two years of semi-retirement, he blasted them for a devastating 203 which immediately won him back his Test place. Dexter was a magnificent allround games player. His next-best game was golf - he won the Oxford & Cambridge President's Putter three times, the last time at the age of 52 - and he was arguably the leading cricketer-golfer Britain has ever produced. Early retirement gave "Lord Ted" scope to turn his restless mind to many interests, among them forming a PR company and covering cricket as a broadcaster and writer. In 1989 a new cricket post in cricket was created for him, the chairmanship of the "England Committee", for which he did much important groundwork for the future. But in his twin role as chairman of selectors, his judgment let him down. A sequence of glaring mistakes, culminating in the omission of David Gower and Jack Russell from Graham Gooch's 1992-93 touring team to India, led to Dexter's resignation in 1993 after Australia thrashed England for the third time in successive Ashes series. John Thicknesse

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Aug 10, 2018

Ted Dexter rings the five-minute bell at Lord's, England v India, 2nd Test, Lord's, 2nd day, August 10, 2018

Ted Dexter rings the five-minute bell at Lord's

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Dec 18, 2017

Ted Dexter, 1962

Ted Dexter

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Aug 17, 2017

David Gower and Ted Dexter take a lap around the ground as part of the celebrations to mark Edgbaston's 50th Test, August 17, 2017

David Gower and Ted Dexter take a lap around the ground as part of the celebrations to mark Edgbaston's 50th Test in August 2017

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Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1961

Awarded the CBE in December 2000