Alec Bedser      

Full name Alec Victor Bedser

Born July 4, 1918, Reading, Berkshire

Died April 4, 2010, London (aged 91 years 274 days)

Major teams England, Surrey

Also known as Sir Alec Bedser

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm medium-fast

Height 6 ft 0 in

Education Monument Hill Central

Relation Twin brother - EA Bedser

Alec Victor Bedser
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 51 71 15 714 79 12.75 0 1 6 26 0
First-class 485 576 181 5735 126 14.51 1 13 289 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 51 92 15918 5876 236 7/44 14/99 24.89 2.21 67.4 11 15 5
First-class 485 106118 39279 1924 8/18 20.41 2.22 55.1 96 16
Career statistics
Test debut England v India at Lord's, Jun 22-25, 1946 scorecard
Last Test England v South Africa at Manchester, Jul 7-12, 1955 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1939 - 1960

A pillar of English cricket in the immediate post-war era, and a key player in Surrey's revival and subsequent domination in the 1950s, Alec Bedser was born within minutes of his identical twin, Eric (himself a more than capable allrounder). A powerfully-built, naggingly accurate, medium-fast bowler, with a classical action off a short run, Bedser's stock ball was the inswinger, his most dangerous the legcutter which fizzed off the pitch like a fast legbreak. He played twice for Surrey in 1939 (without taking a wicket) but the war forced him to wait another seven seasons for his next match. An ever-present in the Surrey side from the beginning of the 1946 season, he was immediately picked by England and made his Test debut at the age of 28 (in what was only his 13th first-class match). He began with 11 wickets in each of his first two Tests, against India, and until 1954 he largely carried England's attack almost single handed - not that he minded as he loved nothing more than bowling. In 1953, aged 35, he spearheaded England's Ashes victory with 39 wickets at 17.48, including 14 for 99 at Nottingham. He took 100 wickets in a season 11 times, and was instrumental in Surrey's eight Championship victories between 1950 and 1958. In a long career he left the field of play only once, in a heatwave during a Test at Adelaide. He went to the boundary to vomit, returning to carry on bowling. As a batsman he was limited but correct, and often filled the role of nightwatchman. His fielding was safe rather than spectacular. After his retirement in 1960 (he bowed out with 5 for 25 against Glamorgan at his beloved Oval), he continued his association with cricket, serving as an England selector for a record 23 years, and was chairman between 1969 and 1981 as well as managing England on two overseas tours. He was knighted in 1996 and made president of Surrey in 1997. Shortly before his death in April 2010 he had become the oldest-surviving English cricketer.
Martin Williamson

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Sep 3, 2007

Sir Alec Bedser portrait, 2007

Sir Alec Bedser

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Mar 27, 2007

Alec Bedser is presented with a commemorative Almanack by Micky Stewart on the 60th anniversary of his being named one of the Five Cricketers of the Year, London, March 27, 2007

Alec Bedser is presented with a commemorative Almanack on the 60th anniversary of his being named one of the Five Cricketers of the Year

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Mar 17, 1997

Sir Alec Bedser is knighted at Buckingham Palace, March 18, 1997

Sir Alec Bedser is knighted at Buckingham Palace

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Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1947

Knighted for services to cricket in 1996