Former England cricket captain Ted Dexter has died at the age of 86, the MCC has announced.

Ted died at a hospice in Wolverhampton on Wednesday afternoon surrounded by his family.

The MCC announced the death of its former president, who captained his country 30 times, on Thursday morning.

“After a recent illness he passed away peacefully in the Compton Hospice in Wolverhampton at midday yesterday, surrounded by his family,” a statement read.

“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.”

Dexter made 62 Test appearances for England in total, scoring 4,502 runs as a powerful middle-order batsman and taking 66 wickets.

Known as ‘Lord Ted’, Dexter was famed for his bravery on the field, both for England and with county side Sussex.

He scored nine Test hundreds and averaged just under 48, going on to chair England’s panel of selectors after his playing career.

He was born in Milan, Italy and moved to England at the age of three just before World War Two broke out.

He went on to study at Cambridge and aside from cricket had a passion for golf and rugby.

After retiring from cricket in 1968 he worked as a journalist and broadcaster and even went on to start a PR company.

Tributes have poured in for the exciting middle-order batsman.





Ted married the daughter of Kent cricketer Tom Longfield, Susan, - they had two children together, a sone named Thomas and a daughter called Genevieve.