On Thursday, the sad news was revealed to the whole English team. England lost Ted Dexter who was the former captain of England. The celebrated captain was aged 86 when he died. The news was tragic and unfortunate for many English players who saw him as their idol. Therefore, to honor him on the second day of the Headingly Test against India they decided to show respect on the ground.
Each English player was sporting a black band on their arm. These black armbands were a contrast to the white test apparel of the squad. They were the topic of discussion for the whole day during the match. At 3:43 PM IST, the cricket board of England and Wales confirmed that these Armbands are to honor the deceased English cricket captain and idol.
Ted Dexter is famous for his captaincy. He was one of the best bowlers of his time on the English team. He holds the title of scoring most runs by any English captain in an Ashes series in Australia. His total secured run was 481 which was accomplished in the 62nd Ashes series in 1961. He was leading the Marylebone Cricket Club during that year.
Nari Contractor, who was deeply affected by his style, said that he was a hard-hitting batsman and a genuine medium-pace bowler. He even added that his every shot was ‘stinging’ for the bowlers. The contractor further added that he was the friendliest captain he ever met. The current English captain Joe Root said that this was a really sad day for him. Dexter would be remembered for his game style, performances, and for serving his country with utter faith as a cricketer. He had captained the English team in 30 of his 62 tests.