Ted Dexter will ring the bell to signal five minutes before the start of play on Day Two of the second England v India Specsavers Test match at Lord’s on Friday.
Dexter, who played 62 Tests for England including 30 as captain, was a graceful and powerful batsman and a more than useful bowler for both Sussex and his country.
Born in Milan, Dexter made his Test debut for England in 1958 against New Zealand at Old Trafford and played international cricket for a decade.
His 21,150 first-class runs include 4,502 in Test cricket at an average of 47.89. With his medium pace, he also claimed 419 first-class wickets, with 66 of them coming for England.
He was named one of Wisden’s Cricketers of the Year in 1961 and led Sussex to victory in the first two Gillette Cup Finals at Lord’s.
A scratch golfer as well as one of the game’s great thinkers, he invented cricket rankings and, with Colin Cowdrey, drew up the Spirit of Cricket which has been incorporated into the Laws of the game. He is an Honorary Life Vice-President of MCC.
The ringing of the five-minute bell at a Lord’s Test by an international cricketer, administrator or well-known enthusiast of the sport is a recent tradition introduced in 2007.
The bell, which is located outside the Bowlers’ Bar of the Lord’s Pavilion, is rung to signify the imminent start of play, and it has become a great honour to be invited to ring it on the morning of a Test match.
For more information about past bell-ringers at Lord’s please visit www.lords.org/history
The bell-ringers for the subsequent days of the Test match will be announced via lords.org each day.