Ted Dexter, a former England captain, died at the age of 86 after a brief illness.
After making his debut against New Zealand in 1958, Dexter, nicknamed “Lord Ted,” was an aggressive batsman and part-time seam bowler who played 62 Tests for England.
In the early 1960s, he captained England and Sussex.
“After a recent illness, he passed away peacefully in the Compton Hospice in Wolverhampton at midday yesterday, surrounded by his family,” the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) said in a statement.
“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.”
During his Test career, Dexter amassed 4,502 runs at a 47.89 average and 66 wickets at a 34.93 average.
Between 1989 to 1993, Dexter served as chairman of the England selectors as a cricket administrator.
He also created a Test player ranking system, which the International Cricket Council (ICC) formally approved in 2003 and now serves as the foundation for the governing body’s current Test rankings.
Dexter was eventually named president of the MCC and received a CBE in 2001.
Dexter was inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame in June, and former England captain Michael Vaughan paid tribute to him.
“Ted Dexter was someone who always went out of his way to offer so much great advice to me and many others,” Vaughan wrote on Twitter.
Cricket commentator Mark Nicholas described Dexter as his “boyhood hero”.
“He was one of the great players and did as much or more than anyone to drag cricket into the modern age,” he wrote on Twitter.
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— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) August 26, 2021
Ted Dexter has gone – boyhood hero, teacher and dear friend. He was one of the great players and did as much or more than anyone to drag cricket into the modern age. Charlie Watts and Ted, in the space of 24 hours – icons of the 60’s in very different ways – sadness indeed..— Mark Nicholas (@mcjnicholas) August 26, 2021