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ICC expresses sadness at the passing of Ted Dexter

Ted Dexter at Lord's

The International Cricket Council has offered its condolences following the death of former England captain Ted Dexter at the age of 86.

In a statement, ICC’s Acting Chief Executive Geoff Allardice remembered the ICC Hall of Famer as a top batter of his era who continued to serve the game after retirement from international cricket.

Geoff Allardice: “Ted Dexter was one of the most accomplished batsmen of his era. His ability to dominate fast bowling was admirable and his superb batting against the West Indies and Australia teams is remembered by all.

“He also made notable contributions to the game in various capacities post-retirement and helped develop the players’ rankings that are so popular today.

“Ted was honoured to be one of this year’s special inductees to the ICC Hall of Fame and it is really sad to hear the news of his passing. On behalf of the ICC, I would like to extend my condolences to his family and friends.”

Dexter played 62 Tests between 1958 and 1968, aggregating 4,502 runs at an average of 47.89. Known for his ability to dominate top class fast bowling, he slammed nine hundreds, six of which were scores of above 140.

Dexter’s prowess against fast bowling was probably best illustrated during his innings of 70 off 75 balls against the West Indies at Lord’s in 1963 against a bowling attack that included feared fast bowlers, Charlie Griffith and Wes Hall.

Dexter worked as a journalist and broadcaster post-retirement and served as England’s Chairman of Selectors. He was also instrumental in devising a players’ ranking system that was later adopted by the ICC and is currently known as the MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings.

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